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What is Therapy?

This might sound a bit corny, but I’m going to say it anyways – it takes a lot of courage to look for a therapist. Especially because you always feel responsible to have it all together. I'm excited for you to start live the life that you want!

For a lot of us who grew up with families that didn’t understand mental health, there’s can be a lot of confusion and mysticism around therapy.

So I want to take this time to share with you how I approach our therapy together.

4-Stages to F.R.E.E. Yourself

If you’re not really sure what to expect when in therapy, you’re not alone. This is a huge barrier to your mental wellness. This is why I want to be clear in explaining how we will approach our therapy together.

I work with clients to progress through 4 stages of therapy, which I call F.R.E.E. Usually, therapy starts off in this order. But as we start to do deeper work, we will shift between these phases, based on your needs at any particular moment.

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F

Feelings

Feeling

We all experience different feelings and emotions. Some of these can be painful and difficult. We’ll take some time to dive deeper into understanding how your emotions manifests in your body, and why that can be such a painful experience.

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Regulating

Regulating

In therapy language, “emotional regulation” is referring to the techniques we use to help us “regulate” the emotions we feel. In this phase, we will build a good toolbox of strategies to help you manage the day-to-day.

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E

Exploring

Exploring

We’ll explore your past experiences, to understand how that’s linked to your triggers today. This means making connections to your particular family and life situations, and structural oppressions you may have experienced. This will help us connect the dots to move you towards healing and meaningful change.

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Feelings

Envisioning

We’ll be exploring what a happy and meaningful life means to you, and help you commit to making that life a reality, through committed action and deep mindset change.

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The Truth About Therapy

Growing up with multiple cultures is hard. It seems like every moment, you’re trying to figure out what everyone is expecting you to do and be. You spend so much time and energy fulfilling expectations and trying to fit in, you lose your own self in it all.

Therapy is a space away from the constrictions of expectations. It is a space to listen to your own voices, and the courage to heal past wounds. It is embracing your curiosity to rediscover yourself through that healing – and living creatively, in a world that tells you not to.

And to do this, we have to dig deep. That’s where we’ll find your true self.

 

Just when you think you've reached your core...you'll soon discover there is a new layer. Because you will begin to realize that you are on a journey to becoming the person who you never thought you could be, living a life of alignment you never thought possible.

What Therapy Isn't

Therapy isn't about changing your expectations to adjust to your life. It is about taking courageous action to embrace your true authenticity. We're not here to play it safe. We're here to SHOW UP for yourself.

 

This means therapy isn't about finding a quick fix. It is an inner revolution. 

Therapy is not about waiting to be ready to take this journey. It is about jumping into the journey, and learning to trust yourself.

It is not easy. It is an investment. It requires your time, energy, and resources. Are you ready to embrace your BIGGEST, BADDEST version of who you choose to be?

We'll Integrate Therapy Into Your Life

Let's make "showing up for yourself" a habit

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Consistency = Life Changing

Research shows that consistent, frequent sessions is what will create sustained and lasting changes in your life. We will be working together weekly, to create life changes for now and for your future.

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Built In Downtime

Changing your life is exciting, and also intense. That’s why we will have built in breaks in our work together. We will see each other for the first three weeks of the month, and take the last week off.

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Protected Time

No more wasting time and energy trying to book your appointments. You’ll have a reserved time slot, to save you all the trouble, and ensure consistency in your mental health.

Ready for a Consultation?

A consultation is simply a conversation for us to get to know each other better. It'll help us get a feel for each other, and see if we're a good fit to work together.

While there’s no “right way” to have a consultation, here are a few things that you can think about that might be helpful:

  • Why now? What is the reason that you have decided to look for a therapist at this current moment in your life?
     

  • What do I hope my life would look like in the future?
     

  • What do I want in a therapist? What questions do I want to ask this therapist?
     

And seriously, feel free to make the most out of this consultation time. I’ve even had someone ask me to define “model minority,” to make sure we’re on the same page about it!

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