About My Clients
If you are struggling with the aftermath of trauma, or navigating a depressive episode, or feeling anxious about socializing with others, or coping with a major life change, or trying to figure where to land on your identity, you are at an important intersection of life. You may be at the edge of losing hope for change, but as Anais Nin put it, “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
My Background and Approach
I use humanistic approaches in my work, including Rogerian Person-Centered Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Existential Therapy. I also incorporate Psychodynamic theories, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in my conceptualization and technique selection. I consider myself a primarily humanist psychologist: I value understanding and recreating client’s subjective experience more than objective truth. In addition, I heavily use Emotion-Focused Therapy for guiding my conceptualization and techniques, including emotion reflection and evocation and empty chair and two chair techniques.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
Psychological problems happens when one is uncared, violated, neglected, oppressed, controlled, minimized, or traumatized. One can speak proper thoughts, behave appropriately, but the feelings reflect the most authentic inner experience. I believe that the first step of healing happens when one’s struggles is met with understanding, validation, and empathy. Thus, I start treatment with actively listening clients’ life stories and explore themes of emotions. I also believe that healing and change can only happen when a person is truly understood, empathized, and accepted. Throughout therapy, I emphasize creating those experience with clients and maintain a trusting and authentic therapeutic relationship as the foundations of therapy.