Senior Staff Psychologist, International Student Specialist
I see myself as a generalist who enjoys working with college students on a wide range of concerns. My clinical interests include, but are not limited to: anxiety disorders, eating disorders and body image concerns, trauma, grief and loss, racial identity development and coping with discrimination and oppression, and cultural adjustment (acculturation and enculturation). In addition to clinical work, I feel passionate about training future psychologists!
Theoretical Orientation and Therapy Approach
I feel my theoretical orientation is constantly evolving. My current approach is an integration of psychodynamic and interpersonal, person-centered and gestalt, and multicultural approaches.
When working with clients, I focus on how early family experience impacts clients' current behaviors and relationship patterns—particularly how these relationship patterns may repeat in important adult relationships, including the therapeutic relationship. When it is appropriate, I discuss our counselor-client relationship with a client in order to help them understand the relationship patterns that contribute to their concerns. I believe in the importance of owning and expressing emotions, and use gestalt techniques to help clients work through unfinished business that may contribute to their presenting issues. I strongly believe that it is essential to understand the contextual and cultural factors that impact client identities, experiences and potentially presenting concerns, and take these factors into consideration when forming a treatment plan. I am also intrigued by how my clients’ identities and cultural experiences may affect the therapeutic relationship and attend to the impact of cultural factors on therapy process.
I have experience providing both longer-term and brief therapy, and find it is important to adjust my approach accordingly. When working with clients who experience high levels of distress within a brief therapy model, I also incorporate elements of cognitive behavioral, acceptance and commitment, dialectical behavioral, and solution-focused therapy to stabilize clients and to help them develop healthier and more effective strategies to cope with their distress.
Supervision Approach and Model
As a supervisor, I tailor my approach to the interests and needs of each supervisee. I often collaborate with my supervisee to identify their needs and goals of supervision and try to use the identified goals to guide the supervision process. I tend to be transparent about my expectations within our supervisory relationship, and regularly check in with my supervisee. I strive to create a safe environment in which my supervisee feels comfortable to explore potentially difficult materials. I see multicultural discussion as an essential part of supervision. I help my supervisee to examine how cultural factors may affect their clinical work with clients. I also believe it is important to explore how the identities and cultural experiences of myself and my supervisee may impact our supervisory relationship. I embrace a holistic approach to supervision and focus on both clinically-related issues and supervisee's professional development in supervision.