My work as an inclusive and multicultural therapist began with seeking out therapy as a college student. While going through a difficult time in my life I decided to try Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at the University of Michigan (U of M) where I earned my undergraduate degree. I’d never met with a counselor, and didn’t quite know what therapy entailed, but I knew I needed help. I knew I needed to talk to someone who was completely removed from my personal life.
I was blessed to be paired with a kind, compassionate therapist who was earning his Ph.D. in psychology. Initially it was difficult to share my thoughts as I’d always been a more private person. However, after a few sessions I felt comfortable enough to share and receive feedback. Before I knew it, I found myself looking forward to our sessions. My therapist created a safe space for me and challenged me to grow, even when it felt impossible. I’m fortunate that my first experience with therapy was so positive. I know this isn’t the case for many people. Therapy significantly shaped me and motivated me to become a therapist myself. It inspired me to help people feel seen, understood, and empowered — just as my therapist did for me.
Since completing my graduate degree in Mental Health Counseling & Behavioral Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine, I’ve become a licensed professional counselor (LPC). My work focuses on inclusivity in order to make mental health care more accessible to individuals of diverse identities. I’ve already learned so much in this field and I’m inspired by how much more there is to learn. I’m thankful that my career is one that helps me grow personally. In fact, it requires that I grow personally in order to best assist my clients. It’s a privilege to create inclusive mental health content for you all. Thank you for your continued support. Thank you for being here.