“Throughout the years, I have been so grateful to use techniques I learned as an artist and incorporate them into therapy.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
This is my second career, as I spent several years living in New York City and working as a teaching artist in the school system. I loved helping families while working in a school-based program, so I was inspired to become a therapist who helps individuals change their generational patterns. Throughout the years, I have been so grateful to use techniques I learned as an artist and incorporate them into therapy. It's so awesome to see how the body is incorporated with the mind. My newest specialized training is EMDR, which taps into your core beliefs at the epicenter of behaviors and thoughts.
What should someone know about working with you?
Many clients say that they feel comfortable in therapy and sometimes even laugh with me. I often assign homework and hold you accountable for the behavior change you want to make. I usually work with women, especially mothers who are working on taking care of their needs while they attend to their family's needs. My ultimate goal is for you to begin to let go of the past and work on being fully present.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My parents taught me to work hard for what I want. This has been a great asset to me, though it has also been my detriment. For the past few years, I have been an advocate for self-care and using mindfulness to notice when you might need to balance various areas in your life. It is important to make sure we look at this through a cultural lens, as many people have been taught to work hard due to experiencing discrimination. I am sensitive to this and also want to make sure clients take care of their individual and collective needs.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Telehealth has been so beneficial to clients, as they have been able to connect with a therapist more easily. I look forward to the emerging research in this area.
“I usually work with women, especially mothers who are working on taking care of their needs while they attend to their family's needs.”