“I provide support and care to all of my clients and my job feels so much more than something I do.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I knew I always wanted to help others, but I was always unsure how that could be accomplished. It wasn’t until my personal experience with therapy that my path to helping others became clear. There is nothing more rewarding than assisting others in living a fuller life. I keep my stance transparent, supportive, and nonjudgmental. I provide support and care to all of my clients and my job feels so much more than something I do. Being a licensed mental health therapist gives me the platform to connect with my clients and guide them toward lives filled with purpose and meaning.
What should someone know about working with you?
I strongly believe that building rapport is essential to creating an authentic therapist-client relationship. I begin my sessions by providing a warm and safe space for my clients and answering any questions they might have. My sessions are about the client; I go at their pace and provide them with what they need. Connection is key for me and you can expect to have uncomfortable conversations that will lead to a destination of healing.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I grew up in a military family, was raised in Turkey, and moved to many different places in my core developmental years. I met individuals from all walks of life and different socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. I believe this made me who I am today. I preach inclusivity and kindness and I take the time to understand an individual’s struggles. Being a Hispanic woman who was in many different settings throughout my life, I understand how important it is to be culturally-sensitive and knowledgeable. I thrive on understanding my client’s world and always keep an open-mind to continue learning, not just as a therapist but as a person.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I will be completely honest: When telehealth first presented itself to me, I was skeptical. I came from an in-person private practice and I strongly wanted my clients to feel connected to the therapeutic experience and I did not want that compromised. As I began seeing more clients via telehealth, I quickly realized how much more convenient it was for my clients to receive therapeutic services from the comforts of their home. The client-therapist connection was never compromised and it is amazing to see how much connection can be made through the telehealth servers.
“Being a licensed mental health therapist gives me the platform to connect with my clients and guide them toward lives filled with purpose and meaning.”