“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 see the beauty in therapy, as it allows the client to explore themselves. I also 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. Through postgraduate training in CBT and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, I have obtained knowledge of evidence-based techniques that can help clients develop healthy coping skills.
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.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I value continuing my education, learning from other clinicians, and expanding my knowledge. I am currently taking a course in applied neuroscience to help treat anxiety, panic, and worry.
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 aspects explored within the therapeutic relationship that is related to insight, as well as the skills the client gains through a healing space can help them interpersonally in their daily lives.
“I also 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.”