“I enjoy working with clients willing to explore habitual patterns that lead to feeling stuck and those who recognize the importance of developing self-awareness as part of the process of creating change.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I was born to Caribbean parents in London, United Kingdom. In the UK, I was trained to work clinically with people in trouble with the criminal justice system. I provided anger management, treatment for addiction, motivational interviewing, and cognitive behavioral therapy. I have been a social worker for over 25 years. My own journey led me to settle in the Hudson Valley where I have continued to help people in need as a social worker in child welfare, residential treatment, group and individual work with survivors of domestic violence, addiction, TBI, chronic illness, depression, anxiety, and serious persistent mental illness. I am currently enrolled in the clinical fellowship program at Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy.
What should someone know about working with you?
Therapy is the process of facilitating change and finding support. I understand that seeking therapy may seem challenging, and I commend you for your courage. The most important part of treatment with me is your decision on whether I am a good fit for your situation. The intake process takes place at the beginning of our time to help me get an understanding of your social history, strengths, presenting issues, and collaboration preferences. I enjoy working with clients willing to explore habitual patterns that lead to feeling stuck and those who recognize the importance of developing self-awareness as part of the process of creating change.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Our insights and opinions make a difference. I believe cultural and racial diversity presents the opportunity to uplift and focus on what builds up humanity.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Teletherapy has removed the obstacles to meeting with a therapist and reduced many barriers. I embrace being part of a network and community where providers are much more visible, available, and convenient to clients who have not always felt comfortable when seeking therapy.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I recently completed a year-long employee recognition project with the goal of developing a consistent professional practice to appreciate and value all healthcare employees. The qualitative data confirmed what all mental health providers know for sure: When we feel better, we do better. I enjoy helping clients be and feel better.
“I believe cultural and racial diversity presents the opportunity to uplift and focus on what builds up humanity.”