“I feel passionate about helping young adults find their true selves, their voices, and the emotional language to connect to people they care about.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Coming to America in my preteen years and adjusting to a new world while being so intimately and closely connected to the old world contributed to my wanting to help others struggling to adjust. I grew up being forced to think of both sides of a narrative, looking through at least two cultural and religious lenses and sandwiched between parents who struggled and lost in their journey for the betterment of their children. I had to understand and differentiate gender roles and expectations and find my own unique place and my sense of self in it. I feel passionate about helping young adults find their true selves, their voices, and the emotional language to connect to people they care about. I've done training in emotionally-focused therapy, which I use to identify a person's true needs and longings in their struggles.
What should someone know about working with you?
Our process begins by developing a foundation of trust and a pattern of open communication. The intake session starts with you sharing whatever you feel comfortable with so I can get to know you better while allowing you to get a sense of how you feel working with me. My approach often includes collaboration on goals you can accomplish between sessions. Depending on your needs and wants, you may sometimes be assigned homework to help deepen the work that we discuss in session and build momentum in the process of change.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I offer telehealth therapy to meet the needs of clients with busy lives. I'm excited about therapy being tailored to the modern world and being effective in helping people in their growth.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
In my bachelor's program, I completed an honors thesis on social attitudes toward warning signs on college campuses (such as, "If you see something, say something") and how these correlated with individual personality traits. While research aims to predict and categorize people, I find each person has a world of their own that I'm always eager to learn about. I feel honored to witness each client’s journey.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Therapy is such a beneficial tool in building self-awareness, healthy coping strategies, improved relationships with yourself and others, and better decision-making skills. I think the world would be a better place if everyone had the chance to slow down and sit more intentionally with themselves while reflecting on capacities, situations, and goals. I look forward to working with anyone who is ready to embark on that journey.
“I've done training in emotionally-focused therapy, which I use to identify a person's true needs and longings in their struggles.”