My Approach to Helping
I am here to 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 am in the process of completing training in Emotion-Focused Therapy for individuals. I also incorporate aspects of Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques to teach grounding and coping skills. 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 degree in Psychology with a minor in Women's Studies. I have experience working with individuals, particularly women and children, 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. I completed training in Basic Victim Advocacy and completed my graduate counseling internship working with survivors at the Domestic Violence Resource Center. I also completed training in suicide intervention and crisis management (ASIST) through Lines for Life, where I volunteered as a crisis line worker and answered calls for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the Veterans Crisis Line, and Youthline.
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. I feel that each generation shows progress with de-stigmatizing mental health services. I named my practice Next Generation Counseling PDX because I want my generation and the next generation to know that trauma-informed and culturally-informed help is available.