“My style of therapy focuses on actively listening to my clients and providing validation of their emotional experiences, while also collaborating with them to understand how their emotions shape their current situations.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always had an interest in helping others and knew from an early age that I wanted to choose a profession in which I could do that. Initially, I thought I would do that through a career in medicine, so I pursued a premedical degree as an undergrad with a major in behavioral neuroscience. The complexity of the human mind always fascinated me, and it was not long before I came to love the study of psychology and the complexities of how our emotions shape the relationships we have with one another. In my career as a psychologist, I have worked in numerous settings, including the United Nations, a university counseling center, and several schools dedicated to providing services to children with special needs.
What should someone know about working with you?
I incorporate an integrative approach to therapy, utilizing cognitive behavioral, relational, and mindfulness techniques to help my clients through their struggles. My style of therapy focuses on actively listening to my clients and providing validation of their emotional experiences, while also collaborating with them to understand how their emotions shape their current situations.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I enjoy collaborating with other providers as it provides me with the opportunity and knowledge to learn how my colleagues have utilized various approaches to aid their own clients. Collaboration with other providers creates a wonderful network of support and community among practitioners in private practice.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
There is healing power in talking and being heard. When you seek out therapy, you are making the decision to care for yourself. Therapy is a safe space—and your therapist can provide support through listening, empathy, compassion, and validation of your feelings and personal experiences. I understand seeking out therapy may bring up feelings of anxiety and uncertainty as to whether or not you are making the right choice. I am here to listen to your concerns, learn more about who you are and your emotional experiences, and work with you to determine how I can help you improve your mental health and well-being.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I have conducted research on effective interventions for individuals experiencing intergenerational trauma, and the relationship between mindfulness and forgiveness in healing from that trauma. These research findings were particularly exciting as I have witnessed firsthand the benefits of practicing mindfulness on the healing process. I’ve seen clients who have incorporated a practice of mindfulness into their daily lives experience more awareness, understanding, and control of their emotions—which in turn leads to a greater ability to let go, forgive, and ultimately heal.
“There is healing power in talking and being heard.”