“I have always been drawn to people’s stories and believe that compassion, warmth, and acceptance can form the foundation of healing.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always been drawn to people’s stories and believe that compassion, warmth, and acceptance can form the foundation of healing. I believe that people are resilient and I entered this field to help people feel heard and utilize their strengths to become their own vehicles for change. I have a masters degree in mental health counseling with an emphasis on health psychology. My experiences range from having worked in private and community based clinics.
What should someone know about working with you?
As part of the intake process, we will first talk on the phone for a brief consultation where I can learn a little bit about you and what you are looking for in therapy. For the first session, I will get to know more about what you are currently experiencing and your history. I believe that in order for therapy to be effective, one must feel truly understood. Progress is very individual to one’s goals and we will work collaboratively to clarify what you want to achieve. At times, we may need to look at what barriers are getting in the way in order to help foster progress. Together, we can look at what you’d like to work on in between sessions to facilitate your growth.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I value autonomy and therefore don’t believe in telling the client what to do. Rather, I can help the client explore and clarify their feelings, beliefs, needs, and values. I believe that the beauty of therapy is that it provides a space for the client to explore themselves. Being collaborative is another aspect that shows up in my work. I strive to join the client towards their goals and provide guidance through the therapeutic process. When appropriate, I also give suggestions and information that are relevant to the client’s experience, such as when working on developing healthier coping skills. Multicultural competency is also very important to me, including continuing to expand my knowledge in this area.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I enjoy learning about advancements related to trauma, mindfulness, the mind-body connection, the bridges between psychodynamic therapy and neuroscience, and how cognitive behavioral therapy can be better tailored to the individual needs of clients with considerations to identity, culture, and environment.
What is the importance of the therapeutic relationship?
The therapeutic relationship is the most fundamental component in therapy, as it is the base that facilitates growth. A strong alliance is needed in order for the client to feel safe and to develop trust. The therapeutic relationship can help the client develop insight and skills that can help them interpersonally in their daily lives.
“I believe that people are resilient and I entered this field to help people feel heard and utilize their strengths to become their own vehicles for change.”