“I will validate and normalize your feelings while helping you manage the emotions related to whatever troubles you.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist started with me attempting to pursue a teaching career. After being met with several barriers that I worked hard to overcome, I arrived at the conclusion that maybe those barriers were there to lead me in a different direction. I eventually landed employment as a patient navigator of an inner-city hospital where I recognized the profound impact that the social workers made on the lives of the patients. This motivated me to go back to school for my Master of Social Work. I was provided the opportunity to intern at that very hospital in the outpatient behavioral health department. I became passionate about working with clients dealing with mental health issues. A year after graduation, my intern supervisor hired me in the department. She recognized my talent and I found my calling, which is to help individuals deal with the challenges of life.
What should someone know about working with you?
My clients can expect an individualized approach and treatment based on their specific needs. I will validate and normalize your feelings while helping you manage the emotions related to whatever troubles you. I will provide encouragement and support when things become challenging. I enjoy working with clients who are ready to see positive change take place in their lives, but I am also patient with those who may struggle with readiness.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I always lived my life on my own terms. I've had the pleasure of meeting people from all different walks of life. These experiences have given me a greater appreciation for the uniqueness of others. As I look over the trajectory of my life, I have zero regrets because it has provided me a deeper understanding of the world around me. I believe that we are all worthy no matter our race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and/or religious beliefs. I've learned that we all ultimately want the same thing and that is to be loved, happy, healthy, and successful. Treating clients with different cultural backgrounds is intriguing. I ask questions to get to know that individual. I want each person I treat to feel special and as though their needs are being heard even when they may feel voiceless.
What is the therapeutic approach that you utilize the most and why?
The therapeutic model that I utilize the most is the psychodynamic approach. This approach focuses on helping clients develop a level of self-awareness while recognizing the influence that the past has on the present. In other words, "To know your past is to know yourself." Using this treatment modality allows me to help clients locate the origin of thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors…….just by taking a walk down memory lane. Clients find it helpful and I've witnessed their lives transform because of it.
“I enjoy working with clients who are ready to see positive change take place in their lives, but I am also patient with those who may struggle with readiness.”