“The impulse to heal is real and powerful and lies within the client. Our job is to evoke that healing power… and support it in its expression and development. We are not the healers. We are the context in which healing is inspired.”
The 1979 revolution tore my family apart. It took us thirty years to face the trauma we had suffered. During those years, I became keenly aware of how trauma impacts individuals, couples, and families. After immigrating to the U.S. at the age of sixteen, I identified my calling: to help others. In 1999 I obtained my doctorate in clinical psychology in California, specializing in working with families and children.
Fast-forward to 2003: I owned multiple cognitive training centers to help children and adolescents learn more effectively. I decided to move to New York and write my memoir, The Rose Hotel. Throughout the process, my desire to help individuals, families, and couples became stronger, and I immersed myself in the newest research and strategies in trauma treatment. My history, training, and expertise give me a unique perspective on helping clients whose traumatic histories are often misdiagnosed.
“Pain is inevitable but suffering is optional.”—Buddhist saying