“I assure my clients are seen and heard, making a point to prioritize their culture, religion, traditions, and values during our sessions.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
The twists and turns of my own life experiences led me to the field of mental health. I don’t only practice therapy on others; I practice it on myself as well! During various transitions and changes in my world, I’ve always utilized therapy as an outlet to process and reflect. Along the way, I’ve found my passion in working with youth and families. I believe immediate and extended family are valuable support systems and I use therapy to heal any rifts that exist within those vital relationships. My theoretical orientation draws from CBT, DBT, family structural therapy, and other theories. I assure my clients are seen and heard, making a point to prioritize their culture, religion, traditions, and values during our sessions.
What should someone know about working with you?
My sessions fully revolve around the client: What works for them, what they want, what they need. Some people prefer structure while others prefer that I take a more freeform approach. I can adapt to whatever they prefer, even if it requires some mid-session flexibility. Each week, I ask my clients to identify their goals and set attainable steps. Then we work together to achieve those milestones.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Collaboration is key to treatment. I believe working with other professionals is necessary to maximizing a client’s progress. I have worked with several psychiatrists, nutritionists, and other healthcare practitioners in the past, aligning ourselves in our common goal. A person can never have too many hands helping them along!
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
The life that you want isn’t out of reach, it’s simply hidden behind locked doors. Therapy acts as the key, unlocking these doors and allowing you to walk through, emerging as a better, more complete version of yourself. Therapy is self-empowering, allowing you to reflect and evolve. You don’t just grow during sessions; you blossom.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I’m most excited about the way social media is normalizing therapy; we’ve begun to see people speak about it in their networks. This helps remove some of the stigma that’s plagued therapy in previous generations. Taboo is out and acceptance of self is in! The conversation around mental health and wellness has moved to new platforms too, such as podcasts and YouTube channels. And this has given the public more access to connect to resources in their communities.
“Therapy is self-empowering, allowing you to reflect and evolve. You don’t just grow during sessions; you blossom.”