Cultural identity shapes the way we see ourselves, our relationship to others, and the world. I approach therapy from the client's worldview toward finding solutions that will be effective for each client in their own family and communities. I also help clients explore the tensions they face when a part of their life experience includes navigating two different worlds or cultures.
As human beings, we have a drive to connect with others. I work with clients to explore what gets in the way of connection and self-advocacy through gentle and honest feedback, guidance, and encouragement. I help clients heal the hurt that has occurred in previous relationships to establish more effective relational patterns.
I employ Feminist Therapy beyond its traditional use with women and utilize it in a broader sense to bring awareness to issues of power and privilege across various marginalized identities. I often focus on naming the connection between the distress and the oppression faced in one’s environment to avoid blaming oneself. Once a client is able to recognize these external forces, we can begin to work through them in therapy, resulting in empowerment and improved mental health.