“My goal as a therapist is to help my clients feel free; I invite clients to be their honest and whole selves, as it is then that true healing, growth, and change can begin.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist started when I was young. Most therapists choose this field because we have either lived through certain situations or have witnessed them. I found myself always as the listener and helper and started taking psychology classes in high school. Through undergrad and graduate school, I took all kinds of psychology classes. As a therapist, I believe my strengths are well-rounded. I’ve loved yoga since high school and now practice it for meditation and mindfulness. Traveling to different countries has made me love and appreciate different cultures, religions, and ways of life, giving me cultural competence. I’ve worked and volunteered in community hospitals, substance abuse clinics, and a mental health clinic in Brooklyn with ages ranging from 3-75. Listening to people’s innermost thoughts, feelings, fears, insecurities, trauma, and hopes throughout my life helped grow my love for individuals and psychology.
What should someone know about working with you?
Every individual is different, which means my work with each client can look different. I use a person-centered approach where I meet you where you are. At times, I use a variety of therapeutic approaches, such as CBT, DBT, and mindfulness, to help each individual client create their goals or work through trauma. Homework is sometimes assigned depending on each client’s needs and goals for therapy.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited to see therapy evolve as the world evolves. Now that therapy is becoming more accepted, I hope to bring it into the modern world. I have a strong interest in gaming and hope to be a part of this new era of gaming therapy, including the virtual reality medium. I hope to see a world where therapy isn’t rigid and we are able to meet clients through their interests or talents to better help them achieve their goals or overcome past traumas and fears.
What does a first meeting with you look like?
My goal as a therapist is to help my clients feel free; I invite clients to be their honest and whole selves, as it is then that true healing, growth, and change can begin. The first session is the intake process where I ask questions to get a detailed client history. I also focus on what brought them into treatment now and attempt to determine if we are a good fit. I aim to be fully present with my clients, creating a space where they can “drop in” and feel safe enough to explore themselves, heal, and grow.
“I aim to be fully present with my clients, creating a space where they can “drop in” and feel safe enough to explore themselves, heal, and grow.”