What would your clients and colleagues say is your therapist superpower?
I have two really awesome superpowers:
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
I’m often told that therapy with me is like a warm, firm hug seamlessly interlaced with a few strong nudges – equal parts validating and challenging. Therapy with me is not good vibes only, definitely not rainbows and butterflies – it’s hard work. We’re going deep, all the way down to the roots, and we’re talking about stuff you probably don’t want to talk about; but I can promise you that I will be right there with you every step of the way. Most of my clients stay with me long term, and it’s such an honor to be able to watch them heal and grow and be alongside them as they walk through life. It’s not always fun, but it sure is rewarding when you start seeing changes in how you think, feel, and behave.
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What is your specialty?
Working in the realm of relationships lights my heart on fire. I am constantly conceptualizing through a relational lens, and it’s pretty safe to say I’m obsessed with relationships. Humans are biologically hardwired for connection. We are social beings meant to live in relationship with one another. Whenever we are experiencing any personal issues or challenges, it’s worth exploring how our relationships, both past and present, have impacted us and how our issues may be manifesting in our relationships as well.
I work with both individuals and couples that have experienced or are experiencing distress in a relationship or multiple relationships. Whether it’s relationship with self, a family member, friend, coworker, or romantic partner, we dive deep to start recognizing certain patterns that may contribute to that relational distress and explore how we can change the pattern to reduce the distress and support healthy relationships.
I love working with couples struggling to work through resentments by helping them reconnect and revive their relationships. I also love working with Asian Americans struggling with intergenerational and intercultural issues by helping them explore their identity and values while still honoring both cultures.
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.