“I work from a compassionate place where my clients feel supported yet empowered in their healing process.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As a child, I was quiet but drawn to listening to others. I felt immense joy when those around me were happy and deep compassion when someone was suffering. I have always enjoyed making a difference in another person's life, regardless of how small. This level of empathy and desire to create positive change led me to become aware of the many injustices disadvantaged communities in this country face. I worked in an early head start program for two years where I was exposed to families living in poverty, experiencing domestic violence, and facing deportation. Many had children who were under three-years-old. Here, I decided to return to graduate school and make my career one where I could serve my community and help lead others to their own healing and purpose in this life.
What should someone know about working with you?
I work from a compassionate place where my clients feel supported yet empowered in their healing process. I help clients articulate the thoughts and feelings they experience in order to understand the underlying cause of their unhappiness. Healing is not a one-size-fits-all approach and so I look at a client’s cultural background and experiences and use varying therapeutic modalities tailored to them. I also consider a client's relationship with spirituality as this can be an area where deep healing occurs. I help my client’s become aware of how their emotions, past trauma, and thoughts affect their physical health to strengthen their mind-body connection. I incorporate mindfulness techniques into my work and encourage my clients to use techniques in their everyday lives to reduce their stress levels, anxiety, and depressive symptoms. I provide homework assignments for my clients to complete in order to strengthen their coping skills and continue their process of healing.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I operate from a growth-mindset, one of abundance, and one where my dreams become a reality. I am not naive to the work that is involved in making a vision on paper or in my mind materialize. However, I have become quite skilled at recognizing when the barrier keeping me from a desire is fear-based. This mindset and the work involved is at the core of my approach as a therapist and life coach. I help my clients flourish by realizing their potential, identifying self-limiting barriers, using accountability in our sessions, and creating the plan to live their most fulfilling life.
“I help clients articulate the thoughts and feelings they experience in order to understand the underlying cause of their unhappiness.”