“As I learned more about my passions, I realized the power of empowerment and how much I wanted to normalize taboo subjects.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Growing up, I had many interests and I didn't realize at the time that counseling would end up being my area of focus. In my family, mental health was not really something we talked about and culturally it was seen as taboo. As I learned more about my passions, I realized the power of empowerment and how much I wanted to normalize taboo subjects. I have worked in many settings, from inpatient psychiatric units to outpatient substance abuse programs. What I have taken with me from place to place is the ability to inspire people to use their voices and recognize what they have control over. Being an advocate for my clients has helped me pass an invisible torch that allows them to be heard in their own lives.
What should someone know about working with you?
The intake process with me lasts about an hour and in that time, I like to take a deeper dive into your life and get a snapshot of what it looks like. I also like to identify three top priority goals so we actively work toward something. I enjoy doing some exercises in session and I also like giving assignments outside of the session. I enjoy working with the Asian and South Asian community. I also enjoy working with people struggling with substance use, codependency, anxiety, depression, and trauma.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I regularly take online courses and attend live webinars to maintain professional development. I also enjoy reading books that can provide more clinical insight. I enjoy learning about different coping skills that can have a practical impact. I have certifications in trauma and grief/loss work and enjoy courses in these areas as well. I like to learn as much as I can so I can alter my approach based on the client’s needs.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I first and foremost come from a South Asian background. Growing up, I had difficulties navigating my parents well-intentioned parenting styles, which led me to becoming someone who did not know how to process emotions, communicate my needs, and accept myself for who I was. Through my own therapy, I have overcome many struggles that I now presently observe in the South Asian community. I have come to realize that it is my purpose to help as many people as I can who had similar obstacles as I did growing up.
“What I have taken with me from place to place is the ability to inspire people to use their voices and recognize what they have control over.”