My theoretical orientation is primarily grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I aim to collaboratively create a treatment plan and implement interventions flexibly to build self-efficacy and a shared understanding of presenting problems. In the application of CBT and ACT interventions, I strive to balance the need for both change and acceptance consistent with each client’s treatment plan to address acute needs and longer-term goals. I primarily apply CBT techniques to target distressing and impairing symptoms and employ ACT principles to identify values, explore issues around meaning, and achieve greater overall psychological wellbeing. Finally, I have a deep appreciation for the importance of the therapeutic alliance and emphasize respect, empathy, and honoring strengths in the application of any evidence-based treatment.
It is my belief that multicultural competence involves allowing each individual to define his or her own unique and shared cultural identities while also recognizing myself as a cultural being whose presence influences each psychotherapeutic encounter. My goal is to identify and utilize strengths associated with each client’s unique multicultural background and address any related challenges in the application of individually-tailored interventions.
I currently see a limited number of English- and Spanish-speaking patients through the Supportive Oncology Program at the Northwestern University Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. I also co-facilitate the Living Well with Metastatic Breast Cancer support group.
Northwestern University Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
Supportive Oncology Program
January 2017 – Present
Duke Cancer Institute (APA-Accredited Clinical Internship)
Cancer Patient Support Program
July 2015 – June 2016
Duke Pain Medicine (APA-Accredited Clinical Internship)
Behavioral Pain Management
July 2015 – June 2016
UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Simms Mann Integrative Oncology Center
September 2013 - June 2015
UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
September 2012 – June 2013
UCLA Psychology Department Clinic
July 2013 - September 2013
March 2011 – August 2012