My Approach to Helping
I think that the successful therapy happens when client and therapist become a team. Relationship quality has been proven repeatedly to be the main predictor of optimal therapy outcomes. One of my goals is to provide you a safe space where we can develop a trusting relationship and where you can feel comfortable to explore the issues that brought you to therapy. Although my approach to therapy is based on evidenced based theoretical frameworks and treatments, I utilize my Self as the main conductor to transmit clinical knowledge and skills. As I was informed once, "...the words that come from your brain have been helpful but those that come from your heart have helped me the most." Having said that, I have trained extensively in various evidenced based psychotherapeutic treatment approaches, including (but not limited to): Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), known to help children and adolescents impacted by trauma, as well as Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), which I have used with adults experiencing PTSD and complicated grief.
More Info About My Practice
"Wellness Therapist" is symbolic of my individualized and holistic approach to psychotherapy. Counseling is a personal experience that can be life-changing and transformational. After 4 years in early childhood education, I have spent over a decade in behavioral health working with children, adolescents, and adults in residential and outpatient facilities. Given my biculturalism and bilingualism, personal background, and experience working in fast paced programs and clinics located in urban communities, I have developed expertise in developing solid therapeutic relationships with clients who reflect a wide range of cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds and experiences. The ability to be aware of and to utilize my own culture and life experiences, my innate sensitivity to others, and clinical expertise adds to this capacity.
My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'
I am passionate about empowering individuals to address their problems. I approach problems that clients come into the office with not only as a personal and internal experience but also as a societal construct; As our environment helps maintain, or heal, or worsen our internal experiences, including those that lead to distress. I believe that a lot of our suffering come from experiences that led to unprocessed andor overwhelming emotions and internalized thoughts of being unloved andor unworthy, usually occurring during our early years with primary caretakers and society at large. As such, not only are our interactions with primary caretakers and cohort important in the development of our self-image and coping skills, but so are our experiences with society and systems (educational, medical, justice, etc.). I believe that having this multi-pronged approach leads individuals to increased self reliance and empowerment and in turn, a more just society.