“I am devoted to helping others reach their goals and live the lives they truly desire.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Since junior high school, I struggled with self-esteem. After being tested by several hardships, I felt compelled to dig deeper and engage in some serious soul searching. On my road to self-improvement, I read books on personal development and secured a job in a middle management position at a human rights organization. It was there that I began applying much of what I read to my interactions with people experiencing daunting life circumstances. After working in this organization for five years and witnessing the best and worst of the human condition, I became inspired to apply to graduate school to earn a masters in social work and I have never looked back.
What should someone know about working with you?
In the first one or two sessions, I like to get a sense about the client’s history, background, and other areas relevant to therapy. Like so many other human interactions, vibes between a client and a therapist must resonate in order for the client to feel comfortable enough so that treatment is effective. I aim to create an environment where clients feel safe discussing issues without feeling judged. Therapy can be challenging but, like exercising, it has many benefits. Ultimately, my message is this: I am devoted to helping others reach their goals and live the lives they truly desire. My approach is hands-on and usually consists of experiential exercises, narrative role play, homework assignments and psychoeducation.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
It’s quite understandable to be hesitant about starting therapy. The process of sharing personal matters with a new person could feel rather daunting. The therapy I provide is completely collaborative in nature, which means that every client plays a vital role in their self-determination. This enhances comfort levels and adds to the therapeutic environment. Once trust is established and a treatment plan is in place, every session offers an opportunity to revisit past upsets, explore possibilities, work through current challenges, and pave a path where real personal change is possible. Whether you decide to pursue therapy or not, manifesting the truest version of yourself is paramount.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Not too long ago, the only way to go about receiving psychotherapy was to walk into a building, and sit down in a chair at a therapist’s office. Due to the wonder and emergence of technology and online platforms, those who wish to improve their personal situations and triumph over their challenges don’t need to jump through hoops or go to physical locations if they do not choose to. The mental health landscape has become a vast and fertile meadow for therapists and clients to focus their efforts on providing and receiving quality care through various interventions. Additionally, times have finally changed for the better and participating in psychotherapy no longer has the stigma it once did.
How long does it take for therapy to create change?
Timeframes for psychotherapy depend on the complexity of the client’s needs, goals, and modality of treatment. Most therapy tends to be short-term and evidence-based. Usually, therapy lasts between 12–20 weeks. However, therapy could be longer depending upon the intervention used, such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Like other disciplines, therapy is an art and every client is different. Thus, varied timeframes are required or the best outcome. It is unethical for a therapist to drag out psychotherapy sessions for profit or self-aggrandizement. The goal of therapy is to make noticeable progress where one experiences an increased awareness of self and the ability to apply skills learned throughout one’s life.
“The therapy I provide is completely collaborative in nature, which means that every client plays a vital role in their self-determination.”