“Through my own experiences with counseling, I’ve been able to stay true to myself, living more authentically in the process.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Coming from a culture where mental health is not discussed, my path to becoming a therapist has involved plenty of twists and turns. I relied heavily on my own personal discovery and education and first saw the impactful results of therapy during college. Through my own experiences with counseling, I’ve been able to stay true to myself, living more authentically in the process. I now want to bring that awareness to my clients and help them live their most authentic lives. Since each person is unique and has different needs, I let the natural energy in our sessions guide our time together. But I borrow too! I use techniques from Gestalt therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, always centering treatment around the individual.
What should someone know about working with you?
My sessions are very open-ended and I like to follow the natural path driven by our interactions together. I also do a lot of body-focused work, where we explore what physical feelings might arise from talking. I hope to offer you more insight into yourself, helping you to recognize how often you carry your emotions in your body. During therapy, your goals will become my goals and we will work together to discover what these are. I believe that therapy is a safe place for you to explore your values and talents and grow in the process. I want you to walk away from our time together leading a more authentic, fulfilling life.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Collaboration is a fundamental part of this field. I believe practitioners grow and continue learning by working together. By connecting with others, I learn from their experiences in addition to my own. This makes me a better clinician for my clients and increases my ability to offer the best possible care. Through collaboration, I am also able to provide any additional resources to my clients in a quick and efficient manner, with minimal disruption to treatment. To make sure I provide holistic and all-encompassing care, I collaborate with social workers and psychiatrists as a rule.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
If therapy is something that you think could help you, even in the slightest way, then go for it! Often, people hold back from starting therapy because of fear. It’s okay to be afraid; in fact, it’s human! But allowing fear to hold you back and take control of your life can be daunting and exhausting. I hope to help decrease your fear by utilizing a culturally sensitive approach to treatment, understanding who you are as a whole being. I encourage you to explore different therapists and find the right fit for you. This is your journey and the therapist is your guide. And that makes it really important to find someone with whom you are genuinely connected.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Mental health has been stigmatized for as long as I can remember. But there is a shift happening, a movement that normalizes getting help. We are starting to pay attention to mental health and view therapy as a means of personal growth and not something simply reserved for crisis. Education around mental health is improving and people are starting to talk about it more in a positive way. Even communities that don’t often consider mental health important have begun to change their views. Through my work as a therapist, I strive to normalize mental health and help others do the same.
“I want you to walk away from our time together leading a more authentic, fulfilling life.”