“Authenticity, transparency, and meeting my clients where they are in their lives is of the utmost importance to me.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Zen living has always been my motto! How do we reach internal peace and calmness and heal from our adverse experiences and traumas? During my teenage years, my friends and family confided in me, expressing themselves freely without feeling judged and knowing that their "secrets" were confidential. This was the start of peace and healing for them. My innate abilities to engage others, actively listen, and offer empathy allowed my support system to feel heard, understood, and validated, all precursors to therapeutic work and elements we are oftentimes deprived of in our lives. Becoming in tune with our inner world allows for awareness of our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and leads to living more mindfully. My curiosity about human behavior and this realization led me to pursue a master’s degree in mental health counseling. My academic achievements and my extensive professional experiences have provided me with the insight and caregiving tools necessary to assist my clients in achieving Zen living.
What should someone know about working with you?
Authenticity, transparency, and meeting my clients where they are in their lives is of the utmost importance to me. This allows for the development of trust and safety in the therapeutic alliance. Our sessions consist of establishing rapport and trust while exploring YOUR needs, your goals for therapy, and how we collaboratively work to achieve the progress that you envision. The intake process consists of learning about what brought you to this safe place, exploring symptoms that you are experiencing and how they may be contributing to your functioning, and just getting to know you as a unique individual. I also validate and take into account how anxiety-provoking it is to meet someone new and share your deepest feelings and thoughts with them and I assist with alleviating and reducing any anxiety by utilizing humor, laughter, and my down-to-earth personality. This allows for a more relaxed and comforting space to explore your thoughts and emotions freely.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I love and crave learning and seek it every day of my life! My passion for learning and exposing myself to new evidence-based research, continuing education courses, training, and collaboration with providers allows me to continue to grow as a professional, which offers great benefits in my work with clients. I take pride in my commitment and passion for growth and knowledge, as it allows me to become more self-aware and reflective in my work as a mental health clinician.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Trust, honesty, commitment, and respect for everyone are core values that I hold dear to my heart and this transpires in my work. I am committed to assisting and guiding my clients to make the progress they want to make in their lives. I do not impose my own core values or beliefs onto others in my personal or professional life. When it comes to my approach to therapy, cultural sensitivity is a crucial part of the therapeutic process and it is demonstrated by my levels of respect for all cultures as well as my nonjudgmental stance, openness, and enthusiasm for learning by welcoming clients to share and explore aspects of their cultural identity. I also do my own research to better understand different cultures. I take the stance of "help me understand" when it comes to cultural identity or life experiences my clients have gone through that perhaps I have not. With a sense of togetherness and unity, we work toward achieving desirable outcomes and Zen living.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about how accessible the mental health field has become for people, offering the opportunity to engage with a therapist via telehealth services from the comfort of their home! This accessibility has allowed so many people to take the first step toward self-care and that makes me very excited, as it removes barriers and stigma. Self-care is a necessity and engaging in therapy is a great way to take care of ourselves. At the same time, many do not prioritize or do not know how to prioritize self-care, since living in a fast-paced city or state like New York makes it difficult. With the new wave of telehealth, it warms my heart to know that this platform makes it smoother and more comforting for people to have the space to feel heard and understood. We are all deserving of that and more!
“Our sessions consist of establishing rapport and trust while exploring YOUR needs, your goals for therapy, and how we collaboratively work to achieve the progress that you envision.”