My theoretical orientation is primarily based on cognitive-behavioral therapy. I also pursued training in mindfulness, humanistic, solution focused, interpersonal, feminist, and multicultural therapies. As a strong follower of the scientist-practitioner approach to psychotherapy, I strive to incorporate evidenced based therapeutic approaches into my practice. As well, I individualize treatment according to clients’ unique needs and goals by incorporating the above-mentioned approaches. My clinical and research interests include eating disorders, psychology of women, ethics in therapy, program evaluation, psychological, educational and vocational assessment, and vocational psychology.
My supervision style has been a combination of psychotherapy based and developmental approaches to supervision. I highly value the supervisory alliance, collaboratively developing supervisory goals and tasks, and fostering a supportive, nonjudgmental learning environment so that supervisees could work toward becoming competent clinicians. Depending on a supervisee’s strengths and competency level, I assume different roles in the supervisory process that range from teacher to consultant. Currently, I am working on developing my skills on competency-based supervision proposed by Carol A. Falender and Edward P. Shafranske. I am particularly interested in this approach because while it puts emphasis on the ability to apply “real world” knowledge and skills into the supervisory process, it also utilizes performance outcomes as criteria for evaluating supervisees and training programs.
Prior to joining to CAPS in May 2012, I had the opportunity to work in three different university counseling services, in an outpatient eating disorders program, and in private practice.
My life outside of work involves spending time with my family and friends, immersing myself into different cultures and traditions, travelling, exploring new restaurants and foods, road biking, watching movies, and reading.
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