“Talk therapy is a large part of my work but I also integrate creative therapy techniques, such as movement, music, art, and narrative therapy.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Initially, I thought I would become a lawyer and I was a political science major. After taking a couple of political science, philosophy, and psychology classes, I decided to switch my major to psychology with the plan of attending law school. Then a "thing" happened. I can't tell you exactly what that "thing" was but I knew that I wanted to pursue psychology further. So, I made the decision and never looked back. I have worked in many different settings, including hospitals, outpatient drug treatment facilities, youth transitional centers, and foster care programs. I have worked with LGBTQIA+ teens, adults managing substance abuse, survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, and males accused and convicted of violent crimes. When that "thing" happened more than 20 years ago, I couldn't describe it but now I can. I was never as interested in determining rightness or wrongness as I was in determining the how and why. This work allows me to do that!
What should someone know about working with you?
My approach is eclectic; I take time to understand your entire story. I believe that people hold feelings, emotions, memories, and experiences in their bodies. Talk therapy is a large part of my work but I also integrate creative therapy techniques, such as movement, music, art, and narrative therapy. Yes, I do sometimes ask adults to color and yes, I may assign homework. I address nutrition, fitness, sexual health, spirituality, religion, gender, race, and ethnicity in our sessions. I work primarily with couples and individuals around relationship concerns that generally show up as communication issues but often are rooted in childhood trauma, attachment, or gender-informed issues.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
As a Black American self-identifying clinician, I find that much of my work with the BIPOC community involves creating a safe space, a space free of actual and perceived judgment. The BIPOC community has received many messages (for valid reasons) telling us to keep our "business to ourselves.” There's a reason that warning has been passed down through generations. So, let's talk about it; let's address the ways in which Black bodies have had to move through the world and the impact this has had on our collective and individual mental health.
“I work primarily with couples and individuals around relationship concerns that generally show up as communication issues but often are rooted in childhood trauma, attachment, or gender-informed issues.”