“Since I view my role as one of supporting you in your self-discovery and development, I tailor my approach to your needs.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
When I was in high school, my classmate had a sudden panic attack. With some knowledge in first aid, I gave her a paper bag to breathe into and soothingly assured her that everything was going to be alright. As her panicked breathing gradually slowed, I realized I had made a difference. It was a powerful experience and I knew from that moment onward that my future would involve helping others. I wanted to promote wellbeing and make an emotional impact on people. This is one of the reasons why I chose to pursue a career in counseling. As soon I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a master’s in counseling, I began working as a therapist at a nonprofit outpatient substance use treatment agency in New York City, treating the underserved Asian and immigrant communities where seeking professional help continues to be stigmatized.
What should someone know about working with you?
Since I view my role as one of supporting you in your self-discovery and development, I tailor my approach to your needs. In the initial phone consultation, I ask a few questions about what kind of support you’re looking for and suggest some options for what therapy could look like if we worked together. I value collaboration to ensure we are adjusting our work in such a way that best meets your needs. Clients who are the most successful in therapy with me are those who come ready to figure out what’s been keeping them stuck, who take initiative, and who are committed to their own growth.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
My philosophy is that all adults should continue to learn and grow as professionals. I always seek learning opportunities through in-person training, conferences, and webinars to keep my knowledge and skills current so that I can deliver the highest quality of care for my clients.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I approach individual therapy with respect, compassion, and kindness. While working with you, I consider the societal dynamics of gender, race, class, sexual orientation, and ability, merging them with the therapeutic process to promote effectiveness.
“Clients who are the most successful in therapy with me are those who come ready to figure out what’s been keeping them stuck, who take initiative, and who are committed to their own growth.”