“I don’t believe we seek out therapy because we are “flawed” or because we need to be “fixed”; rather, I view therapy as a way to take care of ourselves as we navigate challenging systems, circumstances, and relationships.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist has been influenced by my own lived experiences as well as by the positive impact of incredible therapists I’ve had along my journey. Growing up as someone who lives at the intersection of many different identities, it was hard for me to find support that affirmed the vulnerable parts of myself. It was healing for me to find relationships in my adult life that allowed space for pain and heartache as well as resilience, growth, and change. My goal is to be a supportive part of someone’s journey so they too can give voice to their tender parts as well as honor their survival. Since completing my master’s in social work at Columbia University, I have worked at the intersections of incarceration, trauma (including intimate partner violence and sexual abuse), LGBTQIA+ identity, and neurodiversity within community-based organizations.
What should someone know about working with you?
I don’t believe we seek out therapy because we are “flawed” or because we need to be “fixed”; rather, I view therapy as a way to take care of ourselves as we navigate challenging systems, circumstances, and relationships. Various systems and “isms” often send us confusing messages about our worth, abilities, or existence. For this reason, I often work with folks who have experienced trauma and/or marginalization that they are interested in processing. I practice from a place that holds space and celebrates your multiple and intersecting parts while centering your needs in a collaborative way. I know you have the wisdom and tools within to heal and thrive; together, we will learn more about what works for you and why so you can live more wholly and authentically. I aim for therapy to be a place where you feel seen, validated, and affirmed in all of your human complexity.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I consider myself to be a lifelong lover of learning! I’m an avid reader of books that explore the intersections of trauma, race, disability, gender, and LGBTQIA+ identity. I also participate in many online events focused on specific topics (such as antiracist work as an Asian adoptee). I am currently participating in sensorimotor psychotherapy training. In 2020, I attended several online conferences, including the NYC Gender Conference, Autism Explained, and Trauma Skills Summit. I’m a member of an ongoing anti-oppression-focused consultation group and am particularly interested in consulting with neurodiversity-affirming providers. I continue to learn the most about being human from the people and relationships in my life. In fact, I owe much of what I know about humility, accountability, resilience, and vulnerability to those who have been brave enough to share therapeutic space with me.
How might I utilize therapy in my life?
Therapy can be a place where you practice showing up for yourself in new or radical ways and where authenticity, curiosity, and joy are nourished without judgment and at your own pace. Growth is a lifelong, daily practice and you are deserving of opportunities for deep reflection and care throughout your process. Therapy might look like unpacking big or unknown feelings with patience and compassion. It might include coming up with new ways of navigating complex life circumstances or relationships while honoring what has helped you survive thus far. Therapy may also serve as a container to experiment or try new things with encouragement and support. Or it might be a time in your day to slow your thoughts and drop into your body.
“I practice from a place that holds space and celebrates your multiple and intersecting parts while centering your needs in a collaborative way.”