“I like working with those who are ready to embrace change and willing to work at change.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Being a therapist is my first career. I would say that life's experiences drew me to the field of psychology. Growing up in the Philippines gave me a sense of who I was and where I wanted to go in life. I knew my calling was to serve the human race in some capacity. After the “therapy world” chose me (so to speak), I have never looked back. All the personal and professional work I have completed to get here has been rich and rewarding. I have worked in various settings to include inpatient, outpatient, and private practice. My experiences have been very insightful and humbling, as they have taught me how to be a competent and effective therapist. I am currently a level 2, DBT-trained, master-certified addiction professional and trained in TF-CBT.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake process is very thorough. I will ask a variety of questions; some answers require more in-depth exploration while others require less. Progress in treatment is never rushed. I think of therapy as a recipe, not unlike baking a cake. You cannot skimp on ingredients or cut corners; otherwise, you'll have a mess. I approach treatment very similarly when working with my clients. That being said, for any client with limited sessions, I am mindful of the time constraints and make sure that the clinical focus is targeted to the specific issue a client was initially referred for. I assign homework when it is appropriate. I like working with those who are ready to embrace change and willing to work at change. While change is never easy, I am with you on this journey.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Living in the Philippines and the USA has created a sense of a holistic identity. I am able to stay true to many of my cultural roots while also embracing the differences that exist among different cultures and assigning myself to the values and cores that best fit me. Being culturally-sensitive is vital for me and the way I practice therapy. I will take it upon myself to immerse and/or educate myself in cultures where I have little to no experience. I especially love learning about a client's culture from the client themselves, as they can definitely be a good teacher.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am very excited about telehealth since it allows me to reach an abundance of people who are in need of mental health treatment. Many people face barriers due to transportation or childcare. Telehealth removes these barriers and paves the way to increased accessibility to psychotherapy for more people across my state.
“While change is never easy, I am with you on this journey.”