“My training includes DBT, interpersonal, and trauma-informed techniques as well as EMDR, EFT, and mindfulness to explore the mind-body connection.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I come from an immigrant background with a large family, which ignited my desire to explore family dynamics. The challenge of growing up in different cultures as well as observing how families navigate trauma and mental illness led me to become a marriage and family therapist. I spent six years working in an intensive in-home family therapy program and the following seven years in a community mental health clinic, working with individuals, couples, and families with mental health, trauma, and addiction concerns. I offer a compassionate space to explore changes you would like to make and help you work toward creating a meaningful life. I can be a support when moving through big life changes, stress, trauma, PTSD, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, and cultural and systems issues and when figuring out how to get unstuck. My training includes DBT, interpersonal, and trauma-informed techniques as well as EMDR, EFT, and mindfulness to explore the mind-body connection.
What should someone know about working with you?
Once we connect to set up the initial appointment, I will send you all the consent and intake paperwork for you to fill out virtually. Our first meeting is about getting to know you, understanding what brought you in, and going over possible treatment options. We will create goals together that reflect the changes you want to happen in your life. I enjoy working with clients who are trying to figure things out and are motivated to be in a place of self-healing and growth.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I’m a big believer in continuing to educate and improve my skills. I also believe I benefit from the knowledge of my peers. I am involved with several consultation groups where I work on areas of growth as well and I am passionate about taking courses and training on topics that include trauma, anxiety, relationships, and somatic techniques.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
A core belief mentioned earlier is that we are doing the best we can AND we can continue growing. These values are part of my foundation of acceptance and change, which allows me to offer a space that is welcoming, validating, and compassionate.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
There have been several things that have excited me about the mental health field, including telehealth, growing access to mental health, and more research on the mind-body connection as well as how therapy can support working through trauma with somatic techniques. While telehealth isn’t for everyone, it benefits those with a disability and/or a chronic illness who may find that getting out of the house adds another layer of stress. It also benefits those with busy schedules who struggle to carve out half a day to come to a session.
“I enjoy working with clients who are trying to figure things out and are motivated to be in a place of self-healing and growth.”