“Therapy is not solely a space to explore new coping skills, set goals, and manage your mental health symptoms.”
What was your path to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker?
After traveling to India many years ago and working in a safe house for young girls rescued from brothels in the red-light district of Calcutta, a vision to see the eradication of human abuse among vulnerable groups was fueled. This sparked a desire to gain expertise in international social work, working side by side with diverse people and communities in the United States, India, England, and Nicaragua fighting for social change. These experiences shaped my pathway to clinical practice. I have since focused my specialization of therapeutic care on the areas of co-occurring mental illness, relationship transitions, narcissistic abuse, substance abuse, and complex trauma. As a therapist, I believe the utilization of holistic and anti-oppressive practices is critical to the therapeutic process.
What should someone know about working with you?
I strive to co-create a therapy dynamic that is open-minded, honest, real, and down-to-earth. I value the importance of fostering a healthy therapeutic environment in which empathy, compassion, and understanding are always present. Therapy is not solely a space to explore new coping skills, set goals, and manage your mental health symptoms. It is also the place where you move toward a new version of yourself and where your relationships, thoughts, behaviors, and actions come into alignment with the version of YOU that was always meant to be.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
It is important to me to seek out evidence-based practices that are informed by new and upcoming research. I regularly attend continuing education seminars in the psychology and social work professions. In addition to working with clients, I receive clinical mentorship, attend conferences, and participate in trauma-based workshops. Furthermore, I am developing academic research surrounding clinical interventions for human trafficking survivors. This work in academia helps me better apply field knowledge to my private practice clients.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I have a core belief that we are all capable of resiliency. Everyone deserves to live a life that leaves them excited to wake up every morning, and people seeking therapy are not excluded from this. I believe healing from pain is possible, and healing from trauma is possible. Feeling free from anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns is possible. I believe that beautiful things always grow in dark places; together, it is possible to find a new light within.
“It is also the place where you move toward a new version of yourself and where your relationships, thoughts, behaviors, and actions come into alignment with the version of YOU that was always meant to be.”