“Having the intellectual curiosity to learn about various intersections taught me not only that representation matters in this field, but also the importance of learning about other intersections so that access to mental health care is more inclusive.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I always wanted to work in a helping profession and my path to becoming a therapist derives from my own experience with mental health. I’m aware that many providers may not look like me or come from the same socioeconomic class as me. However, having the intellectual curiosity to learn about various intersections taught me not only that representation matters in this field, but also the importance of learning about other intersections so that access to mental health care is more inclusive. I fight tirelessly to reach those who have been left behind or ignored because of socio-economic issues. My passion is ignited by the knowledge that my skills and collaborative nature can achieve successful outcomes in otherwise bleak situations - sometimes our breakdowns can be our breakthrough! I enjoy giving back to my community through a variety of volunteer experiences, most notably with W.O.K.E. (Women of Kolour Empowered). This organization was honorably featured in the June 2019 issue of O Magazine.
What should someone know about working with you?
Although our experiences may feel unique to us, so many people have had the same challenges and have been able to discuss them and move forward with understanding and acceptance. Working with me, there will be moments where I will challenge you and you may dislike me for that moment, but I want you to understand that I will support you through the discomfort. All I ask for is effort - just try; it makes a big difference and you will be better for it. I also give homework because of my motto: “The real work begins when you end a session.”
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I’m glad that access to mental health treatment is becoming more accessible. I’m pleased that, in many circles, the idea of seeing a therapist is not shunned or chastised. I hope that access to care broadens and that people acknowledge mental health and wellness as being just as important as physical health.
What are the benefits of therapy?
No one individual or family unit is perfect; a lot of us grew up where abnormal was normal and we carry these patterns from generation to generation. “Generational curse”, “historical trauma”, “trans-generational trauma”, or “family cycles of trauma” are phrases we hear, but how many of us know how to break them? Seeing a therapist doesn’t mean that you are erratic or unstable; rather, therapy provides a safe space to discuss conflict, emotions, relationships, and other problems. Therapy is a judgment-free zone, offering a secure environment to discuss anything without fear of repercussion. So, consider this your permission to give therapy a try, even if your life is going hunky-dory; your future self may just look back and say, “Thank you.”
“Working with me, there will be moments where I will challenge you and you may dislike me for that moment, but I want you to understand that I will support you through the discomfort.”