“Progress is finding love in life, in one's self, in the environment, and in others.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have been a psychotherapist for over 25 years and I believe this is my life’s calling. It has been an interesting and challenging journey that has taken me through many academic and experiential opportunities that have made my practice multidimensional. This vast knowledge helps me approach each client from a holistic perspective, better meeting their emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs through the psychotherapeutic experience.
What should someone know about working with you?
I utilize many evidence-based modalities and tools to meet each client's needs. Every person is wonderful and unique in their own right. As such, they interpret their experience differently and have different needs, depending on where they are in their life and their goals. At times, I may give homework, read a poem, or simply do some horticulture with my client. What treatment looks like and how it is measured depends on what the client needs, wants, and interprets as progress. Progress is not a simple list of interventions and outcomes; it is growth and development. Progress is finding love in life, in one's self, in the environment, and in others. I welcome all individuals who have the intention and desire to explore and learn about themselves and meet the challenges that this brings. This is a journey that we share and I facilitate the experience but where we go and how far is up to the individual and based on their needs. I believe in honesty and compassion.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am a member of different professional communities where we support and mentor one another. Always with a growth mindset, we explore the different challenges we face in our practices. We draw strength from each other to enrich our client's experience in therapy.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I appreciate the role of diversity in our lives and how that influences our perspective at a conscious or unconscious level. Cultural, linguistic, and gender differences are at the forefront of the psychotherapeutic work that I do. As a bilingual and multicultural female psychotherapist, I am attuned to the nuances that are manifested in therapy and I am comfortable addressing the difficult and sensitive topics. I welcome the exploration of gender ambivalence, taboo topics, sexuality, race, feminism, male expectations, and communication. Diversity adds a shade of color to the things we do and think. Therefore, it should never be ignored.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am very excited about the evolving world of psychotherapy with the help of technology. Now, clients have access to quality mental health in a manner that adapts to their needs and lifestyle. Clients have the opportunity to search for a psychotherapist that best meets their needs and provides a good fit for them. I believe in freedom of choice and informed clients make better choices.
“I welcome all individuals who have the intention and desire to explore and learn about themselves and meet the challenges that this brings.”