“The author Victor Frankl inspires my clinical focus: “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.””
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I’ve always had a passion for helping others and this passion turned into a curiosity about the intricacies of the connection to mind, body, and behavior; I wanted to learn more! During my undergraduate studies, I observed how one’s environment can directly and indirectly influence them. This led me to pursue a graduate degree in social work and I eventually sought advanced clinical training. The author Victor Frankl inspires my clinical focus: “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
What should someone know about working with you?
Person-centered care is the foundation of my clinical practice and I know no two persons are alike. I believe in meeting an individual where they are in order to build a strong therapeutic bond that implements change and growth and I seek to offer a nonjudgmental and empathic approach that engages in the process of healing in a manner that is both restorative and informative. I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation to address your needs and allow you to gauge whether we feel like a good fit.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
In order to engage in person-centered care, view the person as whole, and address individual strengths and needs, I must collaborate with other providers. In my practice, I’ve adopted a model and clinical framework that integrates all facets of a person and offers referrals for psychiatric needs and holistic approaches. I believe this helps me maximize treatment outcomes.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
You’ve made the decision to seek therapy and this can be a nerve-wracking experience! You are making an investment in the best version of yourself and striving to change your life for the better. When you embark on the road to new experiences, the ride may feel bumpy with blockages along the way. But, once you reach your final destination, you can look back and see that it was well worth the trip.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
What I am most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape is reducing the stigma and shifting the landscape for people of color accessing mental health care. We see this shift through campaigns and educational initiatives that work to change the shame long associated with mental and behavioral health issues.
“I believe in meeting an individual where they are in order to build a strong therapeutic bond that implements change and growth.”