“I was drawn to the field of psychology because, above all else, it values supporting others to speak their truths.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
From a young age, I was fascinated by the power of the human story. I grew up in an immigrant household that strongly valued passing stories down from one generation to the next. There was a shared belief that we would lose sight of who we were and where we came from if we forgot these stories. I was drawn to the field of psychology because, above all else, it values supporting others to speak their truths. I chose to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology in order to learn how to effectively support people in sharing their true selves and understanding their own innate resources for growth, resilience, and change. The more I learned about how to empower those with stories to tell, the more I learned about how the narratives we hold are greatly impacted by our families, culture, and intersectional identities. I am grateful to be in a career where I get to support others in being their authentic selves and, as a result, build stronger relationships with themselves and others.
What should someone know about working with you?
The core of my approach is a genuine desire to ensure you feel understood and cared for. I believe effective therapy begins with the right match and I strive to provide a collaborative, safe, compassionate, and nonjudgmental space where you can feel seen and heard. I view the therapeutic process as co-created, which I set the stage for by creating a trusting and caring space. The first few sessions will focus on me getting to know more about you and you learning and understanding more about my therapeutic style and approach. While everyone's needs are unique, we will explore how past situations currently impact the present and I will utilize evidence-based practices to support you in achieving your treatment goals.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe it is imperative to be attuned to the role of culture, race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, and sexual orientation in understanding who you are. As such, my practice is informed by an understanding of our intersectionality and this perspective is integrated into every aspect of our work together.
“The more I learned about how to empower those with stories to tell, the more I learned about how the narratives we hold are greatly impacted by our families, culture, and intersectional identities.”