“I use a humanistic approach that accentuates the significance of being your true self in order to be the most fulfilling and best version of yourself.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I earned a double major during undergrad in psychology and sociology, which led me to become a social worker. I’ve worked with children in the foster care system, group homes, and the court system. After working in a nursing home as a social worker, I became interested in the mental health aspect of the human mind. I entered into a mental health counseling program and became a mental health counselor. I worked with inpatient/outpatient populations, in IPRT programs, and in foster care settings. This led me to open my own practice where I have found the most satisfaction as a mental health professional.
What should someone know about working with you?
I have an intake process that starts by verifying eligibility with your insurance company. Then an email is sent out with the intake package and returned before an appointment can be made. My approach as a therapist is predominantly from a cognitive behavioral therapy perspective. This allows me to help my clients identify their thoughts and behaviors around their relationships, surroundings, stressors, and life so that they can influence those thoughts and behaviors for the better. I also work with identifying family history, patterns, and childhood issues. I use a humanistic approach that accentuates the significance of being your true self in order to be the most fulfilling and best version of yourself.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
It’s important for me to continue to build my toolbox as a clinician. I have enjoyed training in the following educational areas: The neurobiology of overeating and food addiction, working with couples using relational life couple experiential therapy, trauma system therapy perspectives, looking at how mindfulness can help with everyday life stressors, bereavement in dealing with grief and loss, and treatment for dual disorders.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I came to America at the age of 12 and not being understood when I entered into the school system made it very difficult for me. This is one of the things I focus on in my work as a therapist: Cultural sensitivity. It is essential to understand culture, family dynamics, history, and societal impact. The identity of one’s values, beliefs, and gender play an important role in the therapeutic alliance/relationship. This understanding led me to work with individuals who struggle with stigma or who come from backgrounds where seeking therapy is not encouraged. It’s important that I make this a safe space where these challenges are understood. Educating myself in intercultural communication and being aware of my own culture and bias has to be something that is considered during the therapeutic process.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Once I started teletherapy, I appreciated the convenience it provided for my clients.
What are some things you would like to accomplish as a counselor?
It's always been my desire to work in the helping profession and as a counselor, I pride myself in providing a protected space to help my clients make connections between their thoughts and behaviors.
“It's always been my desire to work in the helping profession and as a counselor, I pride myself in providing a protected space to help my clients make connections between their thoughts and behaviors.”