“Therapy is an invitation for you to come and speak your mind, discover your identities, and nurture self-compassion so you can heal holistically and function at your full potential”
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
Despite the incredible social and cultural diversity in New York City, I was raised to believe that mental health treatment was taboo. I experienced the heavy stigma associated with seeking mental health services. I also saw the lack of culturally appropriate mental health resources within underserved communities and realized early on that the psychological problems of many diverse groups stem from systemic social and cultural forces. My personal experiences have inspired me to become an advocate of mental health awareness and to serve all marginalized populations.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
Therapy is an invitation for you to come and speak your mind, discover your identities, and nurture self-compassion so you can heal holistically and function at your full potential. I am here to listen to your story, gain an understanding of your worldview, and help you feel grounded as we work toward your goals. We will partner together to process your experiences and strengthen your ability to maintain a balanced lifestyle.
What do you think is the biggest barrier today for people seeking care?
Seeking assistance for physical, emotional, or mental well-being is often perceived as a sign of weakness or entitlement, or both. Cultural and social norms can cause people to hide their weaknesses and overcome their struggles on their own. Often, they end up exhausting themselves or waiting until their symptoms become unmanageable. Self-reliance is important, but I believe the ability to allow oneself to be vulnerable shows true strength. It shows real power and self-awareness when people find the courage to ask for the help they need.
If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?
Therapy has evolved over the years. The traditional “therapist” stereotype does not accurately define the work that I do. I like to broaden my role not only as a therapist, but also as an educator, advocate, change agent, and community worker. I like to challenge clients to try different types of therapy to help them discover the most effective and rewarding experience for them personally.
What is your approach to therapy?
Our identities and values change as we transition through life stages. While change opens up opportunity for growth, with it comes stress, anxiety, confrontation, and confusion. My role is to be your guide and help you identify barriers; understand your needs, which are both universal and unique; and explore effective strategies that will lead to overall satisfaction and fulfillment. I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy but use an integrative approach that treats all levels of a person's mental, physical, and emotional well-being.
“Self-reliance is important, but I believe the ability to allow oneself to be vulnerable shows true strength.”
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