“I enjoy providing primary healthcare and mental health stability for the next generation through my work with clients in the collegiate space, which is a uniquely emotional and psychologically taxing environment.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have worked as an associate professor at the University of Miami School of Nursing for over 15 years. I have a depth of knowledge in research related to psychiatric mental health care. I also collaborate with local South Florida universities and institutions. I enjoy providing primary healthcare and mental health stability for the next generation through my work with clients in the collegiate space, which is a uniquely emotional and psychologically taxing environment.
What should someone know about working with you?
I never walk away without exploring every possibility to help my client.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I still teach nurse practitioners and doctors. I complete many continuing education courses with SAMHSA and ASAM. I’ve held multiple certifications.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
The focus of my practice is to support every individual’s purpose and vision and help guide in decision-making while concentrating on the values the individual holds to be right or good. Each person has core values that contribute to that person's system of beliefs, ideas, and attitudes, and values often affect how a person operates or responds in certain situations. Family, life experiences, religion, culture, and community can all influence these values.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I want to help people find a better way to live and not just exist while finding purpose in life by taking responsibility.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I have done research on the following: The Impact of Depression amongst Haitian Immigrant Women Living in the United States of America; The Social Influence Between Addiction and Mental Disorders; Maternal-Child Health Needs Assessment in Haiti; and Mental Health Training Experiences Among Haitian Healthcare Workers Post-Earthquake (2010).
“I never walk away without exploring every possibility to help my client.”