“As a member of the LGBTQ community, I have both personally and professionally dealt with gender identity.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Counseling is my first career; I have always strived to be of assistance to others. I have a positive outlook on life and as an immigrant, I’ve had to overcome trauma and learn how to survive and adapt to new realities. As a member of the LGBTQ community, I have both personally and professionally dealt with gender identity. I also have extensive experience working with gender violence and substance abuse. I follow Erickson’s stages of development and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs as guides to achieving some of life’s goals. I have attended training in CBT and MI. I am compassionate, focused, and direct.
What should someone know about working with you?
I like working with clients who are ready to move on with their lives by facing their reality and dealing with loss as well as those who are experiencing changes in their relationships. Progress is defined by the client and when appropriate, I will assign homework to assist in the process.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I was born in a communist country and raised on a Caribbean island. I have dealt with my gender identity and this has impacted how I see life. I am flexible and compassionate. I believe in the right of each human being to live their best life and be their best self. I understand the pain of loss and the happiness of triumph. Goals in life at times seem hard but with work and courage, they are achievable.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
During the last few years, our culture has embraced the field of mental health. The use of virtual tools has made counseling more accessible to people. I have also developed an interest in how trauma affects the brain.
“I believe in the right of each human being to live their best life and be their best self.”