“I enjoy working with clients who are motivated and committed to improving their lives, but I am completely aware that it takes time, patience, and insight to work toward change.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always been a generous and empathic person and as a result, often served as a listening ear and confidant for my family and friends. I honestly did not set out to be a therapist because I aspired to be a lawyer for a number of years. But midway through undergrad, I took a psychology class and felt naturally connected to the content. This move led to a change of major and pursuit of a graduate degree in the helping professions. It made perfect sense for me to establish a career that would enable me to use my empathy to support others. My experience as a therapist includes psychiatric hospitals, incarcerated settings, social service agencies, and private practice. I have been trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and enjoy working with adolescents, college students, couples, and women. I also love working with clients from diverse backgrounds, as it increases my cultural sensitivity and understanding.
What should someone know about working with you?
I enjoy working with clients who are motivated and committed to improving their lives, but I am completely aware that it takes time, patience, and insight to work toward change. While I meet clients where they are, I also provide therapeutic tools and resources including homework to engage in ongoing practice and maintenance.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
As an immigrant, I learned how difficult it can be to adapt to the social, cultural, and religious differences of the dominant culture. As a child and adolescent, I tried my best to assimilate and acculturate and inadvertently distanced from my own cultural and religious values. However, I later learned that it is possible to embrace my own values while appreciating another's. This has helped me tremendously as a therapist because I have learned that it is important not to impose my beliefs and values on others and in turn, be open and willing to learn.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The most exciting thing about the evolution of mental health is that it is embraced to a greater extent by minority communities. Access to mental health services continues to increase as more organizations make their way into urban communities. Teletherapy has also decreased barriers to mental health care because it has given access to individuals who could not obtain services previously due to location, transportation, work obligations, and social anxieties.
“While I meet clients where they are, I also provide therapeutic tools and resources including homework to engage in ongoing practice and maintenance.”