“I am committed to honoring your bravery by offering a warm and comfortable space where you can truly be authentic, where you will always be accepted, and where each session is tailored with your specific therapy goals in mind.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Throughout my childhood, I was drawn to easing the distress I saw in others, whether by offering a listening ear to an angry classmate, sharing advice from my own failures, or simply hugging a grieving friend. I have always supported those around me through compassion and positive encouragement. I later developed a deep interest in human experiences after different positions as a preschool assistant, therapist aid, and senior center volunteer. I wondered how the health and happiness of those I worked with, from toddlers to seniors, was influenced by their relationships with others, biology, thoughts, and feelings. My desire to further help and understand others led to my position at a residential setting where I witnessed the pain of emotional and behavioral challenges but also saw how the most difficult obstacles can be overcome with support and guidance. These experiences inspired me to seek a career where I could comfort others and help them learn and thrive from their experiences.
What should someone know about working with you?
Therapy can seem scary and being vulnerable is not always easy, especially with someone who is just getting to know you. It might be uncomfortable to share those thoughts you haven’t said out loud, feelings you haven’t named, or behaviors you’re unsure about. However, taking this first step towards positive change demonstrates your strength and courage. I am committed to honoring your bravery by offering a warm and comfortable space where you can truly be authentic, where you will always be accepted, and where each session is tailored with your specific therapy goals in mind. Although I practice evidence-based treatments, I use an integrative approach that focuses on your challenges and strengths. Sessions can range from clearly structured to more down-to-earth or thought-provoking conversations, depending on your needs. Remember, therapy is not “one-size-fits-all’ and my goal is to provide a space that is uniquely suited for you.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe that each person is a masterpiece in their own right, influenced by their biological factors and shaped by the world around them. To honor this individuality, I use an integrative approach that appreciates the influence of family, community, culture, and other contexts in individual therapy. My approach to therapy is specific to the development and experiences of my client, whether I am providing therapy to a child with frequent tantrums, a teenager overwhelmed by family conflicts, or an adult struggling to manage a work-life balance.
What types of clients do you typically work with?
I work with children, adolescents, and adults on a range of mental health concerns related to daily stressors in school, family, or work. My areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, and traumas (abuse, neglect, and racially-based). I often treat adults who may feel stuck by their life circumstances or overwhelmed by relationship issues, traumatic life experiences, racial concerns, and work-related stress. I also have extensive experience treating children and adolescents with behavioral challenges at home and school. I often work with children with attachment concerns, excessive fears or worries, and disruptive behaviors. I frequently work with adolescents who struggle with overwhelming emotions, family conflicts, and peer relationships.
What types of psychological testing do you offer?
I provide psychological assessments for children, adolescents, and adults. Psychological assessments can help you, your family, your child’s school, and other health providers better understand strengths as well as areas that need support. These assessments use psychological tests to assess cognitive, academic, behavioral, and social-emotional functioning. I offer professional and comprehensive assessments that help clarify diagnostic questions and explain complex behaviors and emotions. This could include concerns about ADHD, depression, anxiety, trauma, or other issues. I strive to prevent misdiagnosis and provide helpful treatment recommendations about how to best support your needs.
What should someone know about parenting?
I also offer parenting therapy or counseling. Parenting can be both rewarding and challenging, making it sometimes difficult to find a balance between maintaining your mental health while also being the best possible parent. Maybe you are frustrated, lost, angry, disheartened, or just feeling at your wits end and not sure what to do. Parenting sessions are tailored to meet your needs, whether there is a conflict between you and your child, you are struggling parenting a child with health problems, or your family has experienced trauma, divorce, or loss. Parenting sessions provide you with support and guidance to address your parenting concerns and develop an effective parenting style that works for you.
“Although I practice evidence-based treatments, I use an integrative approach that focuses on your challenges and strengths.”