“I am always thinking outside the box and trying to find creative techniques to use with my clients.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I’ve always had a strong desire to help others work through their issues and improve relationships. As a youth growing up in a small rural village in the Caribbean, I was the unofficial therapist for many of my peers and even some adults approached me for help. I can recall a married couple sharing with me the struggles they were having in their marriage. Using whatever ideas and wisdom I had at the time, I was able to help them mend their relationships. I knew then that I wanted to pursue a helping profession. However, in my country at that time, career options were limited and so I became a teacher. I eventually migrated to the United States where I continued in the educational field, earning a master’s in education. As a teacher, I often found myself doing almost as much counseling as teaching. I love teaching but the urge for clinical work was compelling. I therefore pursued a degree in clinical social work and here I am today, a licensed psychotherapist.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am truly passionate about helping people. I’ve always been told that I am charismatic, which is something that has worked well for my clients and me. My intake process is very simple and you can expect to feel comfortable and safe from our first telephone conversation. In my practice, one-size-does-not-fit-all. For me, each client is unique and you will be treated as such. I am always thinking outside the box and trying to find creative techniques to use with my clients. Because of my extensive work with children, I have mastered the skill of getting down to their level and making therapy something they enjoy. It is sometimes hard to believe that one can have fun in therapy, but I make that true. My experiences as a teacher and a counselor have made me a much sought-after therapist.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I do at least one training or workshop per month. I am presently pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology and with each course, I am deepening my understanding of human behavior and advancing my skills as a psychotherapist.
What would you say to someone hesitant to start therapy?
Therapy liberates; together as a team, we can succeed. Help is on the way! Make that call today.
“It is sometimes hard to believe that one can have fun in therapy, but I make that true.”