My Approach to Helping
I can help you process experiences, thoughts and emotions in a safe environment that acknowledges all aspects of your identity. My main counseling approaches are person-centered, trauma-informed and social justice-informed. I also draw from Emotion-Focused Therapy, narrative techniques, and EMDR. I collaborate with clients on how to best approach their own process of healing by highlighting clients' resilience and personal strengths, and encouraging self-awareness and self-empowerment.
More Info About My Practice
I completed a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a certificate in Trauma-Informed Services at Portland State University. Prior to my graduate degree, I completed a bachelor's in Psychology with a minor in Women's Studies. I have experience working with individuals who have survived childhood abuse, intergenerational trauma, domestic violence, religious trauma, trauma associated with immigration and cultural assimilation, and on-going systemic and institutional trauma.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
As a first generation immigrant from the Philippines, a Southeast Asian-American, and woman of color, I became interested in counseling because I realized the need for more representation in this field. Growing up, it was a challenge finding a counselor who could acknowledge or understand my cultural backgrounds. I wanted to change this by becoming the therapist I needed when I was younger. I hope to encourage individuals, especially those from the margins, to seek help and to know that help is available.