“I am dedicated to empowering you to find greater clarity and focus so you can feel comfortable in your own skin.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I rebelled in my youth, but my therapeutic journey fleshed out the need to belong. Being culturally mixed and raised in two different countries sparked my curiosity about people, spiritual practices, and different cultures. Over the years, what stood out is that no matter where we’re from or what customs we follow, we all want to belong. I’m interested in knowing what makes you feel secure in the world. Having greater certainty is more valuable than ever before. I am dedicated to empowering you to find greater clarity and focus so you can feel comfortable in your own skin. Learning from the visionary Deepak Chopra, I’ve integrated best practices for healing and mindfulness into my practice.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe effective therapy gives you a safe space to discuss whatever is on your mind. In a world that is quick to judge, working with me will allow you the opportunity to be seen, heard, and understood for who you are without having to become someone you are not. Together, we’ll work through barriers to create an opening. Whether there’s something that keeps you stuck or a series of heartaches, we’ll identify goals and create space for healing. In a confidential setting, you can align with your value system, which naturally allows you to outgrow patterns that might be holding you back from creating what you want.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
I often hear things like, “I don’t want to talk to a stranger” or “I already know what my issues are, but I haven’t felt good in years.” The idea of talking about your innermost thoughts and feelings can be scary. But think about therapy as an invitation to enter into a dynamic dialogue with another human who holds space for you without judgement or bias. Therapy is where you can let your hair down and be yourself without restriction. Sometimes a crisis brings you into therapy, and other times the need to receive authentic feedback is the driving force.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
We recognize that when the mind quiets down, we heal. I’m excited about cutting-edge research and science-backed studies on the power of meditation for mental health. This helps us make self-care part of mental health care. Up until now, we’ve not considered using our own anatomy to trigger healing; we’ve only been taught to look outside of ourselves, which leaves things to chance. There is information out there — volumes and volumes of it — yet anxiety is at an all-time high. Recent research proves that we can use our own anatomy to disrupt anxious thoughts and negative emotions. In fact, we already know that change happens at the cellular level and impacts the brain-body connection. I’ve taken an active role in education, publication, and small and large group training to expand our understanding of who we are and how we heal.
What is one meditation tool you may use for anxiety relief in psychotherapy?
In an article published on chopra.com, I described the way thoughts and breath are connected. You’ve probably noticed that when you're feeling anxious and stressed out, your breathing becomes rapid and shallow, taking place in your upper chest. Mindfully directing your breath can trigger the brain to reduce the number of anxious thoughts and restore balance in minutes. Scientific research shows that breath-based practices called pranayama, which translates into “life force,” stimulate the vagus nerve, which is the nerve that applies the brakes to the stress response system. A simple extended deep breath with a shorter inhale and a longer exhale may help create rapid relaxation and self-recovery. When the brain and body are in balance, it becomes easier to explore difficult topics without becoming flooded with emotion. More specifically, it creates new pathways to access your creative centers.
“Whether there’s something that keeps you stuck or a series of heartaches, we’ll identify goals and create space for healing.”