“I have experienced a lot of changes and transitions in my life, and I recognize how difficult those can be and how less scary that time is when you have the necessary support.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have diligently pursued a career in psychology since my senior year of high school. I was always drawn to finding out people’s stories and they were generally comfortable sharing them with me. The more I learned about the field, the more committed I was to staying the course. I have worked with a wide range of clients and in a wide range of settings. I’ve worked with kids and geriatric clients and in hospitals, VAs, and private practice. Each interaction taught me something new. In my practice, I am able to draw upon these experiences to help the client in the moment.
What should someone know about working with you?
I take an individualized approach to therapy and my approach is generally more CBT-oriented. I do not assign traditional homework but do try to summarize what we covered in the session and offer ideas on how to implement things during the week. Therapy is only 45 minutes out of the whole week so a lot of work really gets done between sessions. Progress is very individual but clients usually start to notice a shift in themselves, a change in how they view things, and improvement in their mood or their relationships.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I have experienced a lot of changes and transitions in my life, and I recognize how difficult those can be and how less scary that time is when you have the necessary support. I also come from an immigrant background, which helps me better understand different experiences.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am really excited about telehealth! I think it gives people more and better access to mental health care. People used to only be able to see therapists who were close to home, on their way to work, or near their office. Now people can see anyone in their whole state, which I think is great!
“I also come from an immigrant background, which helps me better understand different experiences.”