Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Couples [Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (ICBT)], Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Harm Reduction, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Solution-focused, Strengths-based
I work primarily from a client-centered model and my therapeutic approach is eclectic, which means depending on the individual needs of my clients, I incorporate elements and therapy tools from various approaches like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Mindfulness based psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, etc. Above all, I emphasize the importance of a strong and compassionate therapeutic relationship. My approach to therapy involves a balance between helping a client explore past experiences and identifying how these experiences may be affecting them in the present. I often use culturally sensitive tools in my practice while working closely with my clients. I work from within an anti-oppressive and anti-racist framework. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with the Board of Behavioral Sciences in California with over 7 years of experience working with individuals and couples.
MEd - Counseling Psychology, University of Toronto
I used to manage a clinic for HIV positive clients in Toronto and I used to make reminder calls the day before the appointments and those two-minute calls always ended up being a 30-minute chat with these folks. It really made me realize how lonely some of these people were and talking to me was one of the only times they socialized with others. Some of them gave feedback to my manager about how they felt after our chats and my manager was the one who encouraged me to look into getting into the counseling/psychotherapy field. That was one of the best decisions I have made in my life.
I enjoy cooking with whole spices, which is truly therapeutic for me. My family gets a really exquisite meal with many different spices if I had a difficult day :). I am also a trained Indian classical vocalist.
Spending time in nature, going for walks with my kiddos and spouse, winding down the day with a good mindfulness practice.
Spending time in the nature really helps me with getting recharged. For that reason, we have moved to the wine country from the cities.
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