Hello, before I started this practice I worked at the Children's Farm Home in Corvallis, Oregon as the psychiatric provider for both Day Treatment and Outpatient Services, seeing kids and families in several surrounding counties. I am also licensed in California and do telepsychiatry work for people of all ages. While I acknowledge that medications can certainly be helpful for certain symptoms, disorders and individuals, I firmly believe focusing on a holistic and integrative approach is the most effective way to improve the health and well-being of each individual.
I am comfortable working with a range of symptoms and struggles. Everything from depression and anxiety to ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, or complex trauma, as well as, helping individuals improve upon maintenance with a mood or psychotic disorder. Within my sessions, I try to incorporate other practices such as mindfulness techniques, art/crafts/creativity, and would like to return one day to incorporating others such as equine and pet assisted therapeutic interventions and gardening/horticulture therapy.
Before becoming a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, I had spent a good amount of time living, studying and working in South Korea and Japan. I also have a Masters of Fine Arts in Metal Craft & Design from Seoul National University in Seoul, South Korea, as well as, studied art and Japanese at Waseda University in Tokyo and at Hokkaido University and Hokkaido University of Education in Sapporo, Japan. However, even before this period of my life, I was always trying to find ways of helping others in need of assistance. This drive has been with me since about 12 years old, and I hope to continue to finds ways of helping others find their strengths, but also to be comfortable with their own difficulties.
The Vedic culture (aka Hinduism) of India, has been immensely influential and healing for me personally. For the past 14 years, I have studied and lived according to the values and teachings of the Indian Dharmic traditions. From great teachers like Yogananda, Ramakrishna and Srila Prabhupada, I gained invaluable tools, techniques and methods for living a full, rich and satisfying life. It’s my goal to share what I have learned with others in the hope that it may aid in their journey of self realization and actualization as well.
For many years, I was someone that struggled with severe depression, anxiety and trauma. By slowly adopting aspects of a Vedic lifestyle, I noticed my life began to change, and for the better. I refined my diet, delved deep into the ancient Indian texts and scriptures, and began a regular chanting, breathing and meditation practice. These changes, along with a sincere contemplation and appreciation of the philosophy, gave me a completely new take on life.
It is my intention and desire that through Vedic counseling and life coaching I can help guide you and give you tools to better combat the many obstacles and difficulties in life. It’s my goal to invite and introduce you to an ancient tradition that has been enriching the lives of billions across the globe for thousands of years. I am also a certified Community Health Worker [CHW] and love problem solving with clients around their healthcare needs. If you are interested or intrigued, please reach out to me today to schedule a session.
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