A little about me…
ISST Certified Advanced Schema Therapist
I completed my doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Hawai’i School of Professional Psychology in Honolulu, Hawaii. My training included psychological testing such as cognitive (IQ) assessments, objective and projective personality assessment and multiple therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Emotion Focused Therapy for couples and systemic therapies. As part of my diagnostic training I conducted psychological evaluations to children, adolescents, and adults from ethnically diverse backgrounds. As part of my intervention training, I provided culturally sensitive therapeutic services to clients referred from Hawaii’s First Circuit Court through Family Intervention and Training Services of Coalition for a Drug Free Hawaii, where I delivered individual, couples and family therapy. Then I moved to New Jersey to complete the final year of my training at Trinitas Regional Medical Center, where I served ethnically diverse clients in inpatient, partial/day hospital, and outpatient settings. I provided psychological testing including cognitive, personality, and neuropsychological assessments, crises stabilization and individual and group therapy. As part of the Adult Outpatient rotation, I received a yearlong Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) training, supervision and participated in weekly consultation teams. To improve my DBT skills further, I received further training from Behavioural Tech in Princeton, NJ. In 2013 I moved to UK and since then took further training in Schema Therapy, DBT and Compassion Focused Therapy.
I believe in a healthy work life balance. When not working, I spend time with my husband and son. I like exploring outdoors with my family and going for long walks. I believe there are many benefits to being in nature and exercising as well as opportunities to practice mindfulness. For additional self-care, I aim to exercise regularly, connect with friends and family and listen to audiobooks and podcasts. I also love travelling and expanding my cultural experiences. Being bilingual and living in different parts of the world helped me to appreciate the beauty of culture and diversity. It has also played a significant role in my growing cultural competence and nonjudgmental openness to understanding different cultures.