“It is important to know that as your therapist, I do not have a magic wand to wave over you, but I do have skills, training, and experience to help guide you, validate you, and support you.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Talking to people is one of my greatest joys in life; I have always felt fulfillment from being able to help people understand themselves, face their problems, and address barriers in their way to more peaceful lives. With a strong appreciation for different cultures, individual identity, family systems, and what makes each person unique, psychotherapy has become a strong and natural fit for me. As I love mindfulness and yoga, I weave aspects of both into my therapeutic practice. Throughout my career, I have worked at a school for teens with emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges. I spent time providing individual and group therapy in a children’s psychiatric facility, I have worked with families in their homes, and I have provided therapy to individuals in a local community clinic. While I am a therapist, I am also human and understand that life is not always easy. I have had my fair share of difficult experiences, and I use this in my practice to help connect with my clients.
What should someone know about working with you?
Prior to working together, I offer a free 15-minute consultation so that we can ensure we are a good fit for each other. I will then have you fill out intake paperwork, which is an important step, as it is my number one goal to understand you, your history, your current needs, and what is bothering you. Together, we will set goals that are measurable so that you can aim to see changes in your life after 3, 6, or 9 months (and so on). Therapy is not always easy work as it can expose painful feelings. It is important to know that as your therapist, I do not have a magic wand to wave over you, but I do have skills, training, and experience to help guide you, validate you, and support you. I am gentle yet direct in nature and I will challenge you throughout our work together. I often give homework in between sessions, whether it be to practice a new coping or communication skill or to think more deeply about something. The therapeutic journey is YOURS and I hope to be able to guide you.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe people are meant to connect with one another, whether through talking, educating oneself, unexpected and shared moments, or intercultural experiences. Learning about and engaging with people of different cultures is something I am passionate about. I feel this helps me provide sensitive treatment for all gender identities, sexual identities, religions, families, relationships, cultures, etc.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited that teletherapy gives people the opportunity to take care of themselves when and where it is most convenient for them. I believe remote therapy sessions through video calling provide clients a similar experience to meeting with me in person, with the same rapport-building and therapeutic alliance between the client and therapist.
How do I know if I am ready for therapy?
To shape our lives into what we want, we must be in the right stage of change and mindset. Ask yourself: Am I ready for things to be different in my life? If you are comfortable with the way things are, you may not be ready for therapy just yet. However, you may be feeling stuck in life transitions, having difficulties coping with a recent experience, or nervous about what lies ahead. Maybe something happened to you that you never expected or you have trouble setting boundaries in your relationships. While I will not hold your hand physically, I will gently and compassionately help guide you along the therapeutic process to unlock your truth and discover your strengths within yourself. I will help you learn new ways of coping; together, we can work on reframing your thinking into healthier patterns.
“I am gentle yet direct in nature and I will challenge you throughout our work together.”