“Through a positive psychology lens, we can focus on a client's strengths and build upon those strengths to heal.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Ever since I was a teenager, I knew that I wanted to help people with their problems. I always focused on their emotions and had a natural inclination to make them feel better. My career path has given me a vast array of experiences. I started as a teacher, led a group of clinicians in the field of developmental disabilities as a supervisor, and counseled individuals with ADD and ADHD. I have also run interactive behavior groups and support groups for families and have practiced individual counseling throughout. Training in person-centered therapy, positive psychology, and various forms of behaviorism has given me a wide swath of methods to assist people in finding their authentic selves.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am a client-centered therapist. Right from the start, I want to create a safe space for sharing. I foster a collaborative approach in which your goals are clearly spelled out and progress is noted each step of the way. By focusing on your strengths and working to knock down negative perceptions of yourself, we can implement concrete steps you can carry forth into your everyday life.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My family always instilled in me the idea of focusing on people's strengths in order to nurture their growth. My own struggles with self-esteem and early trauma led me to be acutely aware of others' pain and feelings of inadequacies for the purpose of building them up. I am also fully committed to nurturing an environment free of judgment or bias. My vast array of learning from people of various cultural backgrounds has greatly increased my knowledge in that regard.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am very interested in the recent emergence of positive psychology. In the past, the focus was on the negative causes of one's thoughts and behaviors. Through a positive psychology lens, we can focus on a client's strengths and build upon those strengths to heal. Positive psychology's aim is not just getting a client "back to normal" but getting them back to GREAT!
What is your favorite quote?
"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change." - Carl Rogers
“Positive psychology's aim is not just getting a client "back to normal" but getting them back to GREAT!”