“Therapy is important and worth pursuing because it offers you a fresh perspective on an issue and gives you a better understanding of your own emotions.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist began with extensive volunteer work with children. Living in Los Angeles, I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Stuart House, which is an internationally recognized non-profit organization for the treatment of sexually abused children and their families. My experience there awakened me to the power of social work and inspired me to make a career change.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe in client-centered, strength-based therapy. I use cognitive therapy, which focuses on the ways your thoughts affect your feelings and behaviors. I also use insight therapy, which facilitates a client’s ability to learn why certain behaviors, thoughts, and emotions govern their choices. Overall, I assist my clients in developing skills that will help them make improvements in their life and achieve their goals.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Therapy is important and worth pursuing because it offers you a fresh perspective on an issue and gives you a better understanding of your own emotions. Through this, therapy can promote self-esteem and improve relationships and your outlook on life.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I am regularly attending training sessions that focus on mindfulness, self-regulation, and trauma-informed practices. This is especially useful in working with children and adolescents, in that these tools allow me to more effectively help clients decrease negative behaviors, identify triggers, and develop healthy coping skills.
Why are you drawn to working with children?
I am passionate about helping to improve children’s coping mechanisms when dealing with loss or experiencing pain, whether as a result of trauma or just simply from the difficulty of being a kid in today’s environment. I am patient, understanding, and respectful with children and their families. Working together, we can bring about the self-determination and empowerment that every child deserves and create changes that will help your child be successful.
“I am passionate about helping to improve children’s coping mechanisms when dealing with loss or experiencing pain.”