“I understand that what life throws your way has a huge impact on how you function day-to-day.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My heart has always been drawn to helping others; I initially was interested in becoming a teacher but quickly realized I was passionate about giving people the opportunity to talk through challenges and transitions. My full-time focus is on school social work but I previously worked in various settings, providing one-on-one therapy to a variety of individuals, ages 3-88, from different backgrounds. What I appreciate about social work is how our approach takes into account the person in their environment. So, I understand that what life throws your way has a huge impact on how you function day-to-day. This is why my practice is holistic; I try to take into account all aspects of someone's life that may be contributing to their current mental status. I have certifications in mental health and nutrition, trauma-informed yoga, and restorative justice, which encompasses a variety of aspects of the human experience.
What should someone know about working with you?
My practice style is eclectic; I don’t strictly follow any single therapeutic model. As a female practitioner of color, I recognize that most of the theories we learn as therapists are rooted in white supremacy and Western ideals, so I am actively working to adjust my practice to reflect a more inclusive style of thinking that is culturally humble and curious. I like to think of therapy in this corny cliche: As the client, you’re the driver, and I, the therapist, am the GPS. I can provide directions and recommendations for different routes, but it’s up to you to decide which way you want to go and how to get there. If you like homework and benefit from structure, that's something we can explore together. If you don't like homework and prefer to take a more organic approach, we can also explore how that would benefit you in the long run. I have experience in trauma-informed therapy, mindfulness, mental health, nutrition, and body and food neutrality.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I think of life as one big story. Everyone has a story to tell and we all want to be heard! My core values allow me to hold space for others to share their stories and not feel judged. I am committed to being an honest, genuine, and compassionate practitioner.
“This is why my practice is holistic; I try to take into account all aspects of someone's life that may be contributing to their current mental status.”