About My Clients
I help people who long to feel content but feel suffocated at times. I guide them to feel more confident and mindful, so they can start living the life they want, instead of looking back all the time or fearing what’s ahead. Due to my experience & special interest in these areas, I am enthusiastic to work with people going through the following issues: Depression/Anxiety/Self-Esteem/Growing up with emotionally absent parents/Cultural differences/Parenting/Intimate Relationships/Life Transitions.
My Background and Approach
I know from many fulfilling years as a therapist that it IS possible to take charge of your own life and move-on from what is holding you back. I model and encourage you to take some risks, and support you throughout your journey. I support you to surround yourself with the people who are supportive of "the real you." I have comprehensive training in Complex/Developmental Trauma, Existential and Humanistic Approaches to treatment, and Motivational Interviewing (MI). I look from a systemic perspective not only because of my personality, but also as a result of my graduate school studies as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT). I use myself in therapy as a “here and now” experience with my clients. My bicultural background broadens my insight and respect for different values and belief systems, any kind of diversity including gender, race, class, ethnicity, and sexual orientation, which in turn informs my strength-based approach to therapy.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
There is a story about the historic statue of David created by Michelangelo: A man who admired David so much and wondered how such a perfect sculpture could come from a bulky block of stone decided he had to ask Michelangelo how he did it. Michelangelo’s response to this man is inspiring and guiding my work more than 500 years later and from 5,000 miles away: “I didn’t create David, he was already there. I just had to chip away the stone that was getting in the way. I chipped away what wasn’t David, and he appeared.” I believe that the "Davids" inside each one of us will change the world. So I invite you to discover the "David" within you!