“I love working with adult individuals and couples who may be facing addiction/substance use issues as well as immigrants from various backgrounds and blended families going through life stage transitions.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My parents divorced when I was 19-years-old, which brought me to my first experience as a client in therapy. I remember feeling safe and comfortable expressing my feelings even as a first-generation immigrant and I knew this was what I wanted to create for others. I have worked in public service, primarily with the adult substance use population. I am passionate about working with the immigrant population as well. I am a certified anger management specialist and certified dialectical behavior therapist.
What should someone know about working with you?
I work collaboratively with my clients to define the goals that become markers for success in the therapeutic process. I utilize a variety of models of treatment depending on the needs of my clients. I love working with adult individuals and couples who may be facing addiction/substance use issues as well as immigrants from various backgrounds and blended families going through life stage transitions. I am also especially interested in providing care for those who identify as struggling with loss of faith and/or recovery from their religion.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I regularly take continuing education courses to broaden my knowledge of treatment methods, concepts, and approaches and learn how to apply these to a variety of populations. Evidence-based treatment approaches are important as they produce results for clients. I am interested in learning more about trauma-informed care, women's issues, and family systems approaches. I am also interested in learning more about how people develop new communities to engage with after losing their faith or simply moving away from religion. In all treatment, I am keenly aware of the ways in which individuals operate within their family systems and/or communities and how changes in one person inevitably affect the systems they are a part of. Collaborating with other providers is important to me, as it always leads to me learning from my colleagues and being able to refer to others who may be a better fit for a client I am working with.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I am a first-generation immigrant who learned about the process of therapy after moving to the United States and experiencing my parents' divorce. I am sensitive to the stigma that is sometimes a barrier to those seeking help, whether for divorce, substance use, or anything else that may arise during life cycle stages. I work hard to provide a safe and supportive environment where people may explore the parts of themselves and each other that they may not have room to explore in their daily lives.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about being able to be a part of the innovative process of providing much needed therapeutic services to those who are in need and who are interested in learning more about themselves and others. Telehealth is helping spread ideas among many people within the comfort of their homes and other private spaces. I am excited to see how many people are utilizing technology to help provide much needed care to those who may otherwise not seek it if they were not able to participate in telehealth.
“I work hard to provide a safe and supportive environment where people may explore the parts of themselves and each other that they may not have room to explore in their daily lives.”