- Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
- Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, Northwestern University
- Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Minnesota
If you were to ask me where I am from, I would say “I am from nowhere.” But such an answer requires an explanation without sounding rude or avoidant. Having lived in different countries and being exposed to the diversity of human experience led me to form an identity that is not anchored in specific cultural practices or value systems–I try to integrate all the good things I come across within my own personal philosophy as I can see health and potential in various perspectives. In work with couples and relationships, difference in values and perspectives is quite often a big point of contention.
I have also worked in community mental health, school, and group home settings which have given me a degree of competence in and positive regard for working with people of various walks of life, age groups, racial, cultural, and gender identities. I am a strong believer of systemic and humanistic approaches in therapy that consider every aspect of a person’s life and focus on nurturing internal strengths – issues are rarely purely individual and mistakes do not define a person’s identity.
Such stance is also reflected in the training I have received. I received my primary training in Integrative Systemic Therapy (IST) at the Family Institute at Northwestern University. Just like no single cuisine being able to satisfy every palate, no therapeutic approach works for everyone, and thus having the flexibility to switch therapy models based both on my judgment and direct feedback which I regularly ask from my clients helps me to tailor my therapeutic work to fit the needs of my clients to the best of my ability – this is the foundation of IST. And while there is no cure-all pill, some approaches tend to be more researched, efficient and effective – one of such models is Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) which I use frequently in relational therapy.
I am a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
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