“I believe that a positive, accepting, encouraging, and playful environment that allows growth and a true connection between us are essential to therapy and I am invested in facilitating that process.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
From a young age, I found myself fascinated by the diversity and complexity of people and always wanted to connect to and learn more about everyone I met. Experiencing several emigrations and being exposed to multiple cultures allowed me to appreciate the varied responses to adversity and change. I became more aware of the intricate interplay between one’s environment and the ability to reach emotional wellbeing. Curiosity about these dynamics inspired me to study psychology and sociology-anthropology in high school and later on as a double major in college. My caring nature in combination with my innate interests made becoming a psychologist feel like a true calling. I feel honored to be let into one’s inner world and appreciate the courage it takes to open up. My passion is not merely to be a source of support in withstanding challenging experiences and emotions; rather, I aspire to foster true change and growth in each and every client who I’m privileged to work with.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe that therapy is a journey of self-discovery — an opportunity to uncover and connect to your true self. At the beginning of our journey together, I will be curious to learn about your story and all aspects of your life. While providing a respectful and nonjudgmental environment, I will encourage open and honest communication and you can expect the same from me. Together, we will explore the underlying issues that contribute to your emotional distress. We will reinforce what contributes to your wellbeing while letting go of what no longer serves you. Your ways of interacting with yourself, others, and the world will be central and we will view our interactions as a reflection of other relationships in your life. Understanding the ways in which you came to be who you are and where you aspire to be will guide our work together. You can also expect me to be creative in offering you practical tools, which will help you achieve your goals.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
Throughout my life, creating authentic connections with others has been a passion and my way of living. I believe in the goodness of people and strive to see the beauty, positivity, and strengths in those around me. Whether I was traveling for a few days or being rooted at a place for years, I was always curious about those I met along the way and strived to create honest and meaningful connections. These values are the foundation of my way of engaging in the journey of therapy — I believe that a positive, accepting, encouraging, and playful environment that allows growth and a true connection between us are essential to therapy and I am invested in facilitating that process. I do this all while creatively and respectfully challenging any stuck points that we encounter on the journey to your wellbeing.
“I do this all while creatively and respectfully challenging any stuck points that we encounter on the journey to your wellbeing.”