“I consider myself a 'co-journier' alongside you.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I grew up in a town and environment where I didn't necessarily fit in. I was one of the only Asian kids in a predominantly white community. Alongside that I was quiet, awkward, and related more to the adults around me. It was pretty damn hard for me to get to really know who I was comfortably…let alone be able to authentically BE who I was out in the world. These experiences eventually led me into therapy. My experiences in the world along with my experiences in therapy sparked a desire in me to want to provide a similar space for others. A space where people can not only be who they are fully but also embrace it, even (or especially) through the messier times in life.
What should someone know about working with you?
I work best with clients who are highly motivated and interested in gaining a deeper understanding of themselves, their patterns, and their worlds. It is my belief that with increased and deeper understanding, there’s an opening to let go of, change, and shift the patterns and beliefs that are no longer serving you. While intakes are more structured, therapy sessions are less so. I consider myself a “co-journier” alongside you. In the therapy space, I bring compassion, authenticity, empathy, and the occasional "F" or "S" bomb. Together we will work to create a space that is unique and authentic to you, your journey, and our therapeutic relationship.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
One important value that shapes my work is the knowing that, as humans, we have an innate drive towards connection. We have the desire and need to be fully seen, heard, and accepted. At different times in life, we may find that we are disconnected in some way. This may show up as anxiety, mood concerns, relationship concerns, work stress, perfectionism, physical pains, etc. Simultaneously, when disconnection occurs (either periodically or chronically), it is often difficult for us as humans to reach out for support as it poses a risk to our very sense of connection. That’s where therapy and our work together comes into the picture. Therapy provides a space to explore, process, and understand where you have come from and how experiences/identities/worldviews have influenced where you are at currently along with the disconnections you are experiencing. With increased understanding and connection, you will be able to more effectively and authentically move through your world.
“Together we will work to create a space that is unique and authentic to you, your journey, and our therapeutic relationship.”