“I believe that starting from the client's needs is the key to successful treatment.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
This is my first career; it has always been my dream to help people. Growing up in a family with a mental health professional, I was always taught to speak through my issues and concerns. This process came naturally and I transitioned into being the therapist in my social circle. I never envisioned doing anything else in life. I’ve worked in a myriad of settings, ranging from satellite clinics based on early educational settings to social adult daycares (and everything else in between, including hospitals and intensive day treatment). I have completed training to be able to work in these settings, including courses on TF-CBT, motivational interviewing, and mental health first aid.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe that starting from the client's needs is the key to successful treatment. In order to explore the possible foundation of the problem, I like to get a general overview of the concerns and the person's current living environment, support system, background, and upbringing. Homework is assigned only if warranted; depending on the mode of treatment utilized and individual preferences, it may or may not be necessary. I enjoy working with individuals who are motivated to see a change in their life.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
With the evolving mental health field, I am very excited that treatment is so much more accessible to everyone. From the standpoint of the clinician, it is amazing to be able to engage in training that would otherwise be unobtainable in person.
“I enjoy working with individuals who are motivated to see a change in their life.”