“I work on developing a certain level of comfort and warmth to build rapport and believe you can’t heal what you don’t reveal.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I am truly obsessed with life satisfaction and helping others, so it is no surprise to me that I am in the mental health field. Values instilled in me from childhood, such as compassion, respect, and empathy, led to a genuine interest in the wellbeing of others and a desire to help others. I knew I wanted to innovate, change, and reduce suffering. Growing up in a fast paced environment like New York City, I constantly saw the routine of work, sleep, and eat. This sparked interest in life satisfaction and helping others enhance their quality of life. I obtained an undergraduate degree in psychology and a graduate degree in mental health counseling. I have experience working in a clinical setting with people of various ages, from infants to elders, suffering from mild to chronic mental health issues. I also supervise others in a mental health clinic, providing oversight and support to experienced clinicians.
What should someone know about working with you?
I take an individualized approach to therapy, tailoring it to the needs of each person. I work on developing a certain level of comfort and warmth to build rapport and believe you can’t heal what you don’t reveal. The parts of ourselves and our lives that need the most healing are usually what we have the most difficult time talking about and discussing. Once a level of comfort is built, I utilize a psychodynamic approach to help you become familiar with yourself and more aware of how you think, act, and feel. I also assist in making connections between how you experience yourself and the world and how it impacts and contributes to difficulties. When a level of self-understanding and awareness is developed, cognitive behavioral therapy will be incorporated to create the change needed to improve life circumstances and overcome obstacles. I also utilize a holistic approach, incorporating spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical factors in treatment as needed.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Mental health was not prioritized or understood during my upbringing. Factoring in demographics such as culture, race, and gender, I was taught that life was going to be hard and I would need to struggle through life circumstances in order to achieve a certain level of success. This way of thinking fostered values of resilience, strength, and overcoming adversity. As mental health became more prevalent in my immediate environment, I began to challenge the value of enduring pain in order to succeed or achieve a certain level of satisfaction. Although it is true that all human beings suffer, the degree in which we suffer and how we deal with suffering are controllable. My goal is to empower others to understand that our environment is made out of obstacles and tools. I am motivated to assist others in their life journey toward regaining control and strengthening the tools needed to withstand life’s many obstacles.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited that therapy has evolved to a place where convenience is prioritized with the use of telehealth. One of the challenges in mental health has been limitations in access to resources and providers available in the community. If people don’t see a need for something, they are not interested. Oftentimes, people don’t understand mental health or the need for addressing mental health issues. Limited insight and understanding have led to unconscious and conscious biases toward mental health, stigmatizing therapy. As mental health has evolved and become more popular and normalized, this has created a general interest in the community. Despite mental health evolving, people still struggle with prioritizing therapy and incorporating it in day-to-day life. Fortunately, telehealth has increased access and representation of providers, which helps people understand the need and benefits of addressing mental health issues.
What are standards that motivate your practice?
The standards that motivate my practice include the following: The importance of learning your history to help make sense of yourself, the importance of feeling connected to your therapist, and the importance of being greater than your environment and the conditions of the world.
“Once a level of comfort is built, I utilize a psychodynamic approach to help you become familiar with yourself and more aware of how you think, act, and feel.”