“My goal is to collaborate with my clients to create therapies that are driven by the nuance of individual experience yet grounded in theory and empirical evidence.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
Both of my parents are clinical psychologists, so psychology has always existed as a backdrop and central framework to my upbringing. I know there are stereotypes about the children of therapists, and I often get asked if my parents analyzed me at the dinner table (spoiler: they did not). The truth is that I was interested in human behavior at a young age and was inspired by my parents’ love of helping others. Ultimately, I decided to transform my curiosity and passion into a career. I feel proud to have joined the “family business” and to give to others what my parents have given to so many.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
There's a quote by the psychiatrist and psychotherapist Irvin Yalom that I've always loved: "The therapist must strive to create a new therapy for every patient." It's a profound mission that speaks to the variability of the human experience and the therapist's continued growth and evolution in their approach. In the same way that we ask our patients to hold and integrate ambivalence or paradoxical concepts, we as therapists must hold and integrate therapies and techniques best suited to the individual. My goal is to collaborate with my clients to create therapies that are driven by the nuance of individual experience yet grounded in theory and empirical evidence.
In the first session, my primary goal is to create a safe and unique environment in which the client can feel comfortable exploring the most challenging aspects of life and the deepest emotional experiences. I strive for a practice style that is warm, collaborative, and empathic. It is a true privilege to accompany people on their therapeutic journey, and I see the therapeutic relationship as a powerful agent for change. The first session is also an opportunity to learn about the client's history and understand why they're seeking therapy.
What do you think is the biggest barrier today for people seeking care and what excites you most about the evolving mental health landscape?
I believe wholeheartedly in the practice of psychotherapy and its ability to create change and growth. I go to therapy myself and believe that anyone motivated to better understand themselves can benefit from it.
There's a stigma that continues to act as a barrier for many individuals who might want to seek treatment, in that there's this perception that if a person is seeking therapy, something must be wrong. That's not always true. I'm excited and inspired by companies like Alma that are striving to enhance the accessibility of psychotherapy and reduce stigma along the way.
If you could pick one or two books that influenced your approach to therapy what would they be and why?
I am endlessly inspired by the novel Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov and the author’s ability to find the humanity in the darker aspects of desire. For me, the novel elucidates the potential to find empathy for any human being’s experience and highlights the nuances of drive and behavior. As a therapist, it is important to tolerate and navigate conflicting truths and to see the world in more than just black and white.
I was also blown away by Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends. Rooney’s unique ability to articulate complex emotional moments and to explore the space between people in relationships felt inextricably linked to the therapeutic process.
“I believe wholeheartedly in the practice of psychotherapy and its ability to create change and growth.”