“Compassion, empathy, empowerment, and listening are factors that will always be present in our work together.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I had the privilege of finding an amazing therapist when I was in my youth and struggling with trauma. This therapeutic relationship gave me the ability to heal. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case for many because mental health is so stigmatized, which leaves many to suffer in silence. My desire to destigmatize mental health and my lifelong yearning to help others brought me to a helping profession. My fascination with human behavior and our capacities to overcome hardship brought me to social work. My own past experiences with hardship and environmental difficulties have shown me our abilities as humans to be resilient in the face of adversity. My deep interest in understanding our psychology led me to get advanced clinical training in psychoanalysis and EMDR. Experiencing both sides of therapy has allowed me to have a better understanding of what clients need in their most vulnerable moments.
What should someone know about working with you?
Compassion, empathy, empowerment, and listening are factors that will always be present in our work together. Providing clients a safe space to express themselves with absolute acceptance is a key part of my approach to therapy. I believe everyone has the right to be respected no matter their story. I offer safe and nonjudgmental care while also asking necessary questions to aid positive change toward a better life and healthier relationships. I believe each client is unique and requires individualized care. However, psychoanalysis and EMDR therapy are often included in the therapy work. As human beings, we are always changing with time and with such change comes a mixture of emotions. I help clients delve deep into these mixed emotions for inner peace. I have extensive experience working with individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, PTSD, self-esteem, and relationship issues.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I pride myself on being a learner in this field, which means I am always eager and in search of ways to expand my knowledge. It’s so important to be open to absorbing new information that can help further my understanding and ability to help others. There’s always more to learn about human behavior and the human experience. I am devoted to growing as a clinician for as long as I am in this field. I continuously further my education by engaging in research-based training that provides me with new tools and knowledge that benefit my clients. I build competency as a provider by staying up to date with literature pertaining to mental health. By consulting with clinicians of all experience levels, I am exposed to diverse perspectives regarding best treatment options for clients.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core values are drenched in empathy and compassion for all. Human beings are so diverse and come from such different walks of life. It’s because of this that I approach therapy from a strengths-based and integrative lens. I personalize therapy to the client’s needs. My ability to understand how diverse and unique each individual is allows me to support clients in the ways they need to achieve their therapeutic goals. A culturally-sensitive and anti-oppressive framework is always present in my work with clients. My empathy has taught me how to hold space for others in those moments when they feel their most vulnerable.
“Providing clients a safe space to express themselves with absolute acceptance is a key part of my approach to therapy.”