“Although I have experience working with a variety of clients on a variety of issues, I most enjoy working with fellow members of the queer and mixed-race communities.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My interests and education in mental health began early in college where I earned a BA in psychology and disaster studies. As many college students are apt to do, I grew in my dedication to political action and civic engagement alongside my formal education, joining various activist groups and volunteering at crisis hotlines. My education and this work led me to pursue a master’s in social work so I could have the tools and expertise to support my community. In my early career, I worked with adolescent women in foster care and I currently work in a school assisting low-income families as they navigate parenting, education, and government systems. Although I have experience working with a variety of clients on a variety of issues, I most enjoy working with fellow members of the queer and mixed-race communities.
What should someone know about working with you?
Before we start working together, I like to complete a brief consultation to better understand what brings you to therapy and determine if I’m the right therapist for you. If we do decide to work together, we will begin by building a therapeutic relationship that prioritizes safety, empathy, and honesty before moving onto goal setting. Whether you are a therapy newcomer or veteran, know that being vulnerable with someone takes time.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
Honesty is at the forefront of my practice; I do not pretend to be an expert in all aspects of mental health and will let you know when we’ve reached the limits of my expertise. I value feedback and will often ask clients what is going well or what isn’t. If I make a mistake or you feel that we aren’t a good fit after a few sessions, I hope that you too can be honest with me. My priority will always be getting you the care that you need, whether it’s with me or another Alma professional.
“I value feedback and will often ask clients what is going well or what isn’t.”