“You can expect authenticity, respect, and dedication when working with me.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My decision to become a counselor was born out of a desire to end people's suffering. Pain is inevitable but suffering is what lingers and can sometimes lead people to not want to live. I believe that life is a gift and that my purpose is to help as many people as possible experience this gift to their fullest extent. When I entered graduate school, I had a goal of having my own practice. I'm glad that I didn't embark on that journey early in my career; I’ve had a lot of growth personally and professionally that now better equips me for a private practice. I have experience ranging from counseling in community mental health agencies to leading a team of therapists as an assistant vice president. Almost all of my experience has been in the nonprofit arena; my drive to help others was so extensive that I wanted to give back as much as I could. Each experience has made me the strong and compassionate counselor that I am today.
What should someone know about working with you?
You can expect authenticity, respect, and dedication when working with me. I do assign homework but it's dependent on your needs; I don't do anything just because it sounds good or might be expected. I work with people who are hurting, confused, lost, and looking for relief. I have experience working with adults with mental illness, domestic violence survivors, and victims of trauma. If you connect with me, you will complete an intake to ensure we are a good match, which I think is the most important part of therapy. I urge you to seek a counselor who fits your needs. I also assess for safety and create a written safety plan if needed.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I complete annual training, specifically in the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault. I also continue to increase my knowledge of different coping mechanisms so that I have tools to share with a variety of clientele. I think collaboration with other providers can be essential for certain clients. I am a licensed mental health counselor, but I do not prescribe medication. I also cannot recommend herbal remedies as I do not have training in that realm. However, there are providers who do not counsel but can supplement treatment with medication if needed.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe that everyone should be treated with respect and receive the best treatment possible regardless of their background. As a black woman, I have faced discrimination and I would never want anyone to receive treatment from me and feel like they are less than what they are. I have a policy of complete acceptance for all; in my practice, every race and sexual orientation are welcome. I will respect your preferred pronouns regardless of the sex you were given at birth. Creating a safe and welcoming space is important to me.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I'm excited about new people trying counseling who were previously afraid to walk into an office. I remember 10 years ago when we were considering telehealth therapy and seasoned therapists were opposed. However, this is the bright side of technology! You can now receive treatment from the comfort of your home. Whether in person or online, the goal remains the same. I'm glad I get to change lives and I'll do it however that change is ready to occur.
Who is your ideal client?
Someone who is open and willing to let me in.
“I work with people who are hurting, confused, lost, and looking for relief.”