“I believe that you know yourself best and that by connecting together with curiosity, openness, and compassion, we can co-create a meaningful experience in the here-and-now.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Raised by working-class immigrant parents, my personal struggle for identity and assimilation led me to explore and reap the benefits of therapy in my early college years. This experience along with a deep cultural curiosity inspired me to become a therapist to help others struggling to make sense of their own thoughts and feelings. Since completing my master’s degree in social work in 2016, I have worked as a mental health clinician in a variety of settings, including assertive community treatment, emergency psychiatry, and individual outpatient therapy. My experience has given me the confidence to work with a wide array of mental health and substance use issues. I enjoy working in the multicultural mecca that is New York City and am happy that I can go even beyond this sphere with the rise of telehealth.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe that you know yourself best and that by connecting together with curiosity, openness, and compassion, we can co-create a meaningful experience in the here-and-now. My role as a therapist is to help you integrate all parts of yourself, including those that have been disowned, so that you can become more whole. Over time, our work will produce a self-awareness that allows you to see your difficulties more clearly and experiment with finding new ways to cope, be less stuck, and become more empowered to make authentic life choices. I occasionally give homework with the intention to help you practice skills and deepen insights made in session. I provide free phone consultations where we can explore your goals for therapy, discuss how I can help, and set up our first appointment.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Every year, I participate in a variety of continuing education courses that inform me of the latest evidence-based practices. I am currently enrolled in a certificate program studying gestalt therapy, which is an interactive and holistic form of therapy that focuses on the total person, recognizing the unity of the mind, body, and emotions. Throughout my career, I have enjoyed collaborating with professionals from other disciplines, such as doctors, nurses, and counselors, to assist clients in getting their comprehensive needs met and improving client care via an interdisciplinary team approach.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Aside from working as a therapist in private practice, I also work in an emergency psychiatry department where I encounter individuals from all walks of life. Many of them struggle with a host of psychosocial stressors, such as poverty, homelessness, and racial and ethnic discrimination. This exposure makes me appreciate the large impact that demographic factors like race, gender, and class have on the wellness of individuals. Our differences, both visible (gender, race, physical ability) and invisible (sexuality, class, education) matter! My goal is to create a safe space where clients can feel comfortable acknowledging and exploring their differences in any context and how these impact their overall wellness.
“My role as a therapist is to help you integrate all parts of yourself, including those that have been disowned, so that you can become more whole.”