“My clients learn, many for the first time, how to have the same passion for themselves that they have had for others.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Behind every great athlete is a great coach, a person who knows how to harness an athlete’s natural talent, push their limits, help them to reach their full potential, and become a true player on the highest level. So too can a therapist and life coach help you find your purpose in life, identify the things that are holding you back, and start living your best life.
Many people make the mistake of assuming that I’ve had it easy but I have struggled inwardly at times with a big smile on my face just as many of my clients do. There were times when I gave hope to others and helped others with their challenges while feeling that there was no one I could go to with mine. I have survived and thrived on the immigrant journey, which included the highs and lows of pursuing the American dream. I believe, through each life lesson and each situation, that we continue and return to this process of transformation. I help people figure out how to do this with their own circumstances.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe in the ability to change each day and to grow and be transformed until the day we die. We get an opportunity each and every day to make another choice. The desire for change has to be there to start and that is the first question I ask of any new client. Not everyone is serious about transformation, changing, learning, and doing what all this requires. But if you are, I am the woman to take you to the next level! My clients say I have a way of getting more out of them than they think is possible, that I passionately care about their lives, and that I hold them accountable. I go the extra mile and push them to do the same! My clients learn, many for the first time, how to have the same passion for themselves that they have had for others.
We do this work from the free consultation call all the way through multiple sessions, using a cognitive behavioral emphasis model that includes journaling and homework assignments. I do this in person or remotely via Zoom or Facetime.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I help my clients build the kind of life they are excited to live and one that is joyful and balanced; together, we work through the many seasons and transitions of life. I have always been an empathetic and a highly sensitive person and have always been intrigued by other people's stories, especially those of people who tend to go unnoticed or just feel different. As a child and young person, I was the one who brought home classmates in need, those who were different than I was or whose home lives didn’t mirror mine. Even then, my sensitivities allowed me to be compassionate to the needs and the issues of others and I feel I was born to give others hope.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited that mental health is in the process of relinquishing some of the stigma it used to bring, especially within communities of color. I am also excited that the work we do can now take nontraditional formats and that the doors are open for help to look different and be presented in many different ways based on individual needs. Outside of individual and couples counseling, I offer career and business coaching, corporate staff and professional training, workshops, group training, seminars, retreats, speaking engagements, and summits.
What are you getting from working with me? Who are my ideal clients? What is my commitment to clients?
At my core, I am a teacher, a trainer, and a guide. I am a licensed therapist and certified coach but what I really do is provide wellness strategies toward emotional wealth and health from a holistic perspective. When we think about being broken, that brings us down; it disempowers us and makes us victims of life. When we think about aspiring to perfection as we commonly use the word in our current culture, it causes most of us anxiety and gives us the urge to over-perform.
I am committed to transformation and discovery, both personal transformation in myself and in that of others. My clients are busy and successful men and women who give so much of themselves to others but, inside, feel alone. Many are overwhelmed and exhausted by the constant pressure to be perfect, so much so that their own personal and intimate lives suffer and become out of sync. I help people, especially people of faith, transform their work and work passion into well-managed and focused environments by establishing good communication, removing toxic tendencies, and setting and executing healthy emotional goals.
“I help my clients build the kind of life they are excited to live and one that is joyful and balanced; together, we work through the many seasons and transitions of life.”