“In my practice, I value intersectionality and utilize an approach that explores how cultural identities shape each other and influence multiple areas of your life.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
When I was younger, I wanted to be a documentary filmmaker; I was always drawn to people’s stories and wanted to understand the multiple influences that shaped their lives. It is powerful to bear witness to someone’s narrative and I feel honored that clients are willing to share their personal experiences with me. I envision therapy as a process similar to the creation of a documentary film. We will sort through lots of raw footage and edit in different ways to provide a deeper sense of understanding. With each edit, we discover and explore new themes to help you grow and facilitate change.
What should someone know about working with you?
I view therapy as a guided discovery and with an emphasis on our therapeutic relationship, I strive to create a healing environment. I provide individual psychotherapy to adults, primarily from a psychodynamic perspective while also integrating cognitive behavioral methods. With this approach, I will gently encourage you to speak freely, focus on bringing unresolved issues into your awareness, explore the origin of conflicted feelings and thoughts, and use increased understanding to motivate yourself to make significant changes.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
As a Ghanaian American woman and the child of immigrants, my cultural identities have significantly shaped my worldview and I understand how difficult it can be navigating values and environments that seem in conflict at times. In my practice, I value intersectionality and utilize an approach that explores how cultural identities shape each other and influence multiple areas of your life. I also recognize the importance of examining the impact of systems of oppression, such as racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia, which can often exacerbate clients’ presenting problems. In creating a safe and nonjudgmental space where your cultural identities can be fully visible, my hope is to help you live a life that feels freer, more manageable, and fulfilling.
“In creating a safe and nonjudgmental space where your cultural identities can be fully visible, my hope is to help you live a life that feels freer, more manageable, and fulfilling.”