What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
I was a former elementary school teacher who saw first-hand the painful effects of untreated mental health concerns in the school setting and community. I wanted to work more one-on-one with individuals and families to support them through difficult times, equip them with better coping tools and effective communication skills. I have a passion for preventative mental health care and believe in the power of therapy to help people heal and thrive.
How have your personal experiences helped your work with your clients?
My own lived experiences of being a child of immigrants, a married woman with twin-boys who are elementary school age, a working mother, a person of faith who is committed to my own inner work influence the way I support my clients. My experiences allow a deeper connection, broader perspective and cultural awareness/understanding. While I draw from many different modalities to address clients’ concerns, I am attuned to client’s needs and collaborate together to find meaningful ways to experience change in your life’s seasons.
What is your approach and/or specialty in therapy?
My approach is rooted in Contextual Family Systems Theory, Attachment Theory, and CBT (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy). Many childhood experiences impact the way you experience the world as well as how you relate with others. Part of my process is to support you in embracing your whole self by exploring your upbringing, life experiences, relationships and worldviews. I utilize the Restoration Therapy model to help you and your loved ones identify patterns of interaction during times of conflict. I will help you identify practical ways to resolve conflict to experience meaningful change and deepen the connection in your relationship. In addition, I also use a neurological body-based therapy model called Brainspotting, which uses the brain as a resource to access and process deep wounds to heal trauma and produce effective change.
Short Term (Solution-focused, etc.)
Ideal for those who are coming in with a specific problem they’d like to address and gain clarity on. Typically, short term therapies are present focused and do not dive deep into your past.
Structured therapies are goal and progress oriented. Therapists may incorporate psychoeducation and a specific “curriculum.” In order to stay on track, therapists may provide worksheets and homework.
Insight-oriented (Psychodynamic, Existential, etc.)
Exploring the past and making connections to present issues can help clients gain insight. Getting to the root of the issue and finding deeper self-awareness can help with long-term change.
Non-directive (Humanistic, Person-centered, etc.)
Going with the flow and seeing where it leads.
Behavioral (CBT, DBT, etc.)
Focuses on changing potentially unhealthy or self-destructive behaviors by addressing problematic thought patterns and specific providing coping skills.
Trauma Focused (EMDR, TF-CBT, etc.)
Recognizing the connection between trauma experiences and your emotional and behavioral responses, trauma focused therapy seeks to help you heal from traumas.