“I actively listen to my clients, helping to facilitate a sense of safety while effectively challenging and inspiring them to replace ineffective behaviors and limited thoughts or beliefs.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My desire to become a psychologist began in high school and lasted throughout my educational and clinical training, I received a wide base of knowledge and experience. Working in inpatient, residential, and outpatient settings for over 20 years, I have treated individuals, couples, and families who struggled with various forms of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, trauma, grief, abuse, addiction, OCD, women’s issues, and codependency. I actively listen to my clients, helping to facilitate a sense of safety while effectively challenging and inspiring them to replace ineffective behaviors and limited thoughts or beliefs. My own therapeutic experience has transformed my personal and professional life. It has given me a great appreciation for what it feels like to be a client but also taught me more effective practices in the therapeutic approach. I was honored to receive the Clinician of the Year award from FADAA in 2013, as it affirms the qualitative work I have done with my clients.
What should someone know about working with you?
During the initial session, an intake interview will take place. We typically discuss what brings you to seek professional help at this time, gather information about symptoms you may be experiencing, and discuss health issues, your upbringing, family and relationship history, occupation, and goals you may want to set for treatment. We will also discuss the best treatment approach for you, as it may entail individual sessions, couple, and/or family therapy. Together in a safe space, we will explore your struggles, thoughts, and feelings, identify maladaptive behaviors, and work toward gaining adaptive coping skills to make the desired life changes.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am perpetually looking forward to gaining better clinical competency and increasing my knowledge in various areas in the field of clinical psychology. I regularly attend several seminars and webinars related to various subjects, such as eating disorders, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, mental health with military individuals, LGBTQ, depression, postpartum depression and perinatal mood disorders, and many more. It is my quest to learn more about evidenced-based and best suited therapeutic approaches to various mental health issues. I value and collaborate with various professionals (PCPs, nutritionists, neurologists, and psychiatrists) to find treatment best suited for my clients.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I grew up in a family and culture that instilled in me the importance of good deeds, caring, helping others, dedication toward achieving desired goals, gratefulness, and appreciation for life. My military background taught me the value of time, discipline, and working with others toward a common goal. Collectively, those experiences have shaped my core values. I take pride in receiving specialized education in cultural sensitivity and diversity, which has helped me provide individualized treatment tailored uniquely to each person. In my personal life, I have travelled and enjoyed learning about and interacting with people and friends of diverse cultural backgrounds. In addition, I am passionate about and highly experienced in working with people of diverse backgrounds.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The landscape of mental health has changed since the pandemic. In the US, there has been a pattern of elevated anhedonia (lack of interest), depression, and anxiety. The increased provision of telehealth services has provided major benefits to clients. First, it breaks down the barrier that keeps people from starting therapy due to stigma and embarrassment. Second, telehealth provides the convenience of therapy from the comfort of your own home or another designated safe and confidential place via a HIPAA-compliant platform. Third, time is a precious commodity; you can certainly decrease some anxiety by avoiding rushing to an office, saving time and gas money. Fourth, imagine days where you could not get to the office due to traffic, business trips, or getting sick. Having the flexibility and safety to continue with the session without cancellation fees can be invaluable.
“Together in a safe space, we will explore your struggles, thoughts, and feelings, identify maladaptive behaviors, and work toward gaining adaptive coping skills to make the desired life changes.”