“As we get to know each other, we will explore some of the experiences in your life that have brought you to where you are today as a beautiful and complex human being with flaws and moments of genius.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I am a therapist, social work professor, and community advocate. My practice is shaped by being a first-generation American with a strong commitment to social justice, health equity, and clinical excellence. I began my career as a case manager helping individuals overcome barriers associated with poverty, chronic disease, immigration, and geography. I have worked in harm reduction settings, hospitals, medical clinics, a court mandated drug and alcohol treatment program, a crisis response center, and the Veterans Administration. I come from a family of artists and dreamers and encourage creative expression for those who best express themselves through art, writing, and movement. I believe in possibilities and that every human was born with the ability to become a happier, better version of themselves.
What should someone know about working with you?
I look to the future. As we get to know each other, we will explore some of the experiences in your life that have brought you to where you are today as a beautiful and complex human being with flaws and moments of genius. We will honor those moments and determine how to keep what best serves you and what beliefs, self-imposed barriers, and fears need to be addressed and challenged to help you reach your goals. Solution-focused therapy starts with the destination and then works backwards to build the map that will get you there. Think about these questions: If during the middle of the night, a miracle happened and the problem that prompted you to seek therapy was suddenly resolved but you had no way of knowing because you were sleeping, what might be the changes you notice to indicate this problem was gone? How would you feel? What would it be like to not have these feelings and issues hanging over your head?
When is the right time to start therapy?
Now! Now is always as good of a time as any! There will never be a “right” time or “right” place to begin the process of self-discovery and personal healing. It is very common to feel hesitant about starting therapy and we can explore what it means to take time out for yourself. Clicking through these pages demonstrates that you are practicing great self-care and already thinking about how you want to shape your future. So much of life is not about when we made a change but the process of how we got there. I find inspiration and motivation from author and Zen practitioner Natalie Goldberg who said, “Life is not orderly. No matter how we try to make it so, right in the middle of it we die, lose a leg, fall in love, or drop a jar of applesauce.” Let's get where you are going together!
“We will honor those moments and determine how to keep what best serves you and what beliefs, self-imposed barriers, and fears need to be addressed and challenged to help you reach your goals.”