In alignment with Axis Mundi's core values, I am committed to these foundational principles:
Clients deserve to receive respect, empathy, and compassion from a therapist. This means providing a safe, confidential, and caring space for clients to express their genuine thoughts and feelings without fear of judgment.
We live in a society which systemically marginalizes people on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status, age, appearance, ability, and many other factors. Even healing professions like psychotherapy are deeply rooted in worldviews which have done serious harm to disempowered people. Therapy rooted in social justice expresses a commitment to supporting and empowering people who have been hurt by systemic injustice.
My style of psychotherapy is built on a variety of theories and approaches, especially:
Our hearts, minds, bodies, spirits, and environment are deeply connected. By engaging with meaningful symbols and archetypes, meditation practices, dreams, somatic exercises, restoring our relationship with nature, and explorations of shadow, these parts of the self can be reintegrated. The goal is to help people learn how to feel more connected, whole, and complete in their daily living.
The client alone is the expert of their own life. It is the therapist's privilege to be a fellow traveler and witness on the road of their personal journey through major life experiences such as the search for meaning, coping with aloneness and death, and accepting freedom and responsibility.
We are the authors of our own lives, and the stories we tell ourselves have power. Our experience of life is often less about what is happening and more about how we interpret patterns and events. Narrative therapists help people re-write their self-stories to find their own inner truth, empowerment, and meaning.
Cultural Respect & Sensitivity
There are limits to understanding cultures and customs which differ from my own. One of the most effective ways of showing respect for clients' backgrounds and traditions is by being open to learning. With respect and sensitivity, therapists can help clients from other walks of life feel comfortable, understood, and accepted.
There is no "one truth" for all people. We come together with a wide variety of perspectives shaped by our experiences. It is crucial to validate clients' unique views on culture, family, ethics, and spiritual beliefs. The goal is to create a space that welcomes multiple perspectives.
In 2012, I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Religious Studies from Columbia University in New York City. In 2019, I earned my Master of Arts degree in Human Behavior from National University. I earned my Master of Arts degree in Holistic Counseling Psychology from the John F. Kennedy School of Psychology at National University in 2022 and am currently pursuing licensure as a Marriage & Family Therapist.