My identity has shaped my approach as a therapist. Growing up as a third-culture kid with Asian and Middle Eastern parents in America informed my commitment to an anti-racist and affirming approach to therapy. I went into this field to offer creative spaces for folx outside of the cis/het spaces that have historically occupied positions of power in the behavioral health realm. Many of my clients have found solace in the safer spaces I have attempted to create in the therapy room.What's your approach to therapy?
I have devoted my career to working with queer and POC communities and inviting folx into the fullness of their identities in my practice. I believe that therapy is a collaborative process that balances spaces of acceptance with behavioral change. This approach is grounded in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), two specialties that have shaped my approach in therapy.What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?
I believe that therapy is most effective in identifying shared goals in treatment, goals that are both attainable and measurable. Some folx come into therapy to identify goals; others have a specific event or life transition spurring them into action and treatment. Emotions, because they are internal, can be murky and tough to access; building structure in sessions can help to balance our work and make these emotional states accessible in addition to active problem solving goals.