What I love most about the work I do is that moment of "Aha!" that clients experience after exploring many paths and finding the right one.
Clinical Psychologist in New York
As social beings, relationships are an inevitable part of our life. This starts from our early relationships with caregivers, to friendships, and to intimate/romantic partners. Often we have a pattern in relationships that is rooted in our experience with caregivers and can also be seen in how we relate to the social world around us. Because relationships are such an integral part of our life, much of my work with clients has been on healthy relationships, secure attachments, and building trust.
Self esteem is self-acceptance and self-reliance. Throughout life we go through many experiences that can feel like a storm and the calm, ground presence within the storm is our sense of self; without which we would feel lost, shaky, and untethered. Much of my work thus far has been helping adults in various parts of life find who they are in that moment.
I was born in Bangladesh in South Asia and immigrated to the USA when I was 3 year old. I speak Bangla at home and eat traditional meals. This is me now as an adult but it wasn't alway easy to accepts these parts of myself. This is also the work I do with clients who are trying to figure out where they are, who they are in the USA, tradition vs American values, family conflict, and feeling pulled from one direction to the next.
I have several years experience with CBT starting from graduate school, using it throughout my training, and continuing to employ it today with clients. In general, I like to pull from different techniques to meet the individualized needs of clients and often I pull from CBT to help clients challenge their thoughts and form a balanced way of thinking.
This is really the heart and root of how we navigate relationships and why we have the patterns in relationships that we do. I first employed attachment theory in graduate school and since then I've been using it regularly. It is a wonderful lens to help clients understand the way they relate to others and even to themselves.
I have been using ACT more often in the past 5 years and this has been very helpful for clients who have trouble changing or challenging their thoughts. ACT providers a framework to approach their thoughts with validation and understanding and incorporates metaphors and meditation. ACT has been especially well received by clients who are experiencing anxiety.