“My core value is and will always be working on yourself holistically.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have an extensive history working with adults, adolescents, and experiences tied to intergenerational and multigenerational trauma. I offer person-centered approaches while addressing and facilitating one’s self-actualizing tendency via acceptance and empathic understanding. I have a history of working with families, using approaches from various evidence-based practices. My undergraduate studies were in sociology, which allowed me to learn about human behavior. In graduate school, I studied many therapeutic approaches that would lead me to meeting my clients holistically and making a commitment to creating the therapeutic space.
What should someone know about working with you?
My main focus throughout this entire process will be around supporting the client’s thoughts, feelings, and overall understanding that comes attached to the hurt that has been a barrier in their life. This is a journey of discovery and healing until the client’s goals have been obtained. We start with a 15-minute free consultation call where we discuss and talk about your reason for coming to therapy and then we talk through the treatment and goal expectations. Once we’ve decided to move forward, we schedule the intake session. During this session, I get to know you through a series of questions, which may include a GAD-7, a PHQ-9, a PTSD checklist (in assessing for trauma), and consent forms.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Being the child of an immigrant, the exposure to the work shaped my approach and view of therapy. I grew up in a home where sharing my thoughts or feelings resulted in feeling lessened, misrepresented, and unheard. That energy is draining and if not cared for, can turn into a lifelong sentence of guilt, trauma, and overall sadness. My core value is and will always be working on yourself holistically. Therapy is like re-introducing yourself to yourself; it’s a slow process but a lifelong investment that you are making. Presently and currently, I take the time to educate peers and family around the importance of maintaining your mental health. In my practice and time with clients, I continue my work on remaining aware of the cultural similarities between myself and others; they exist without assigning a value. Positive or negative, better or worse, right or wrong, I accept you for who you are!
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am very excited and looking forward to the telehealth support provided to my clients. Being able to provide support to them wherever they are is something that should offer extreme comfort. I also create a space where a face-to-face experience can be made during the time of treatment, as I understand human behavior and the need for connectivity. In this space, clients can discover and expose any trauma or stigma that has led them to therapy. It is not an easy process and for some, it may come attached with shame. As a clinician, that’s where I like to start (in the heart of it). I want to help you understand that mental health care isn’t taboo but instead essential. In my recent years, I’ve practiced evidence-based models with families and understand the levels of trauma and pain that move through generations, especially multiple generations.
“Therapy is like re-introducing yourself to yourself; it’s a slow process but a lifelong investment that you are making.”