What made you decide to become a mental health provider?
Growing up as a middle child influenced my path to becoming a mental health provider because it shaped my understanding and appreciation of being heard. I have a natural ability to empathize, listen, and genuinely care about other people. During high school, I took my first psychology course and I knew instantly that this was my purpose. Understanding other people has always been my interest. I feel blessed to have found a profession that I feel so passionately about.
What are your areas of expertise?
I specialize in working with trauma and the aftermath endured by clients. Initially, I gained experience working with survivors of domestic violence. Later, I worked in an ER, assessing and treating individuals experiencing severe mental illness, suicidal thoughts, and suicide attempts. Both surroundings humbled me and taught me much about working with clients. It showed me the strength and resilience of clients and their ability to heal after devastating circumstances. In both settings, an interest of mine that emerged was the impact culture played in symptomology. In some cultures, there is still a great deal of stigma associated with mental health. I continued to study the significance of culture on mental health and developed skills essential to working with individuals from various backgrounds. These experiences demonstrate my ability to carefully and respectfully work with clients through a culturally sensitive lens.
My Skill Set and Beliefs
Anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, PTSD, and thoughts of self-harm are a few of the ramifications of trauma. I specialize in these areas and view therapy as a collaborative process; one that is shared between the clinician and the client. I enjoy working alongside clients and empowering them to identify the skills and solutions that they already possess. I use various modalities to individualize the therapeutic process. Client-centered, solution focused, and cognitive behavioral therapy are all approaches I utilize. I believe in the client’s innate ability to overcome challenges and also believe that our thoughts and perceptions greatly impact our experiences.
What do you find most enjoyable about your job?
I enjoy the opportunity to be a support for my clients. Being entrusted with clients’ vulnerabilities is an honor and a role I take seriously. I also enjoy seeing clients’ progress and being present in the moment when clients recognize how much they are capable of achieving; the moment that they realize that they had the answers in them all along.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I like spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy being outdoors, exploring the city, taking barre classes, traveling, and searching for the best donuts in town!
What is your favorite quote?
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”
Where would you like to travel to next?
I love to travel! It’s incredible to go to a different country and surround myself in different languages, foods, and cultures, while still feeling a sense of connectedness. Although we all have varying experiences and backgrounds, we also share fundamental similarities: the desire to be loved, needed, to belong and connect. That’s the beauty of traveling. I’ve been fortunate to travel to incredible places. Some places I’d still love to visit include Thailand, Seychelles, Ireland, and Morocco.
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