“I was always moved by the suffering of others and, for as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to support and help people find a better way to live.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I grew up in a domestic violence situation and, even as a child, I inherently knew that what I was witnessing was wrong and unjust. At an early age, this turned me into an activist and someone who cares deeply about everyone’s right to a joyful and prosperous life. I was always moved by the suffering of others and, for as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to support and help people find a better way to live. Right out of college, I started working as an aftercare advocate for homeless families, then I moved on to working at a domestic violence shelter. During that period, I knew I wanted to advance my training and career so I went to social work school to get my master’s. When I look back on my entire career, I was always advocating for the rights of others and using a strengths-based approach to the way I work.
What should someone know about working with you?
I will work with you to identify the underlying emotional causes that may be keeping you from what you desire for yourself and your life. I believe that connecting to your truth and living authentically is an integral part of wellness, so I empower my clients to heal themselves while I guide and support them on their wellness journey. I also believe that every single person on the planet has the ability to create what they desire in their life once they can heal the parts of themselves that have been injured or harmed, either by childhood experiences or by societal-imposed limitations. Our work together will focus on reclaiming the parts of yourself that may feel lost. I will help you look at intergenerational patterns and trauma as well as personal behaviors. As a therapist, coach, and healer, I use several modalities with clients and rely on my training as a certified mindful meditation teacher and certified positive psychology practitioner. I also incorporate spirituality into our discussions, whenever it feels fitting. You can expect loving accountability to help you meet your goals as well as homework assignments that are appropriate and customized to your unique needs.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Every single person on the planet needs and should have a safe space to share their thoughts, concerns, celebrations, and challenges. Historically, in many cultures around the world, people went to the elders, the wise sages, the shamans, or the medicine people in their communities for guidance. We all still need this connection and should have it in our lives. I think our society has done an enormous disservice by perpetuating the belief that you should figure it all out on your own. In truth, we need support and guidance from others. I see my work as a therapist from this point of view and, to this day, I have my own council of support, including my supervisor, my spiritual teachers, and my elders. They have helped me heal, advance, progress in life, and accomplish so many of my dreams. If you are thinking about therapy or coaching, do your research to find a therapist or coach who is a good fit for you and come prepared with questions about what to expect and the goals you hope to achieve. I would also recommend looking for a therapist who seems to share values that are important to you.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I’ve always believed that everyone should have access to mental wellness but found traditional psychotherapy models lacking in their ability to address issues around spirituality, race, and culture. Through my numerous studies, I evolved my more traditional training from Fordham University into one that acknowledges the connection between the mind, body, and spirit and incorporates a deeper understanding of racial and societal trauma as it impacts our mental wellbeing. I’ve been providing therapy and coaching services from what I would call “an anti-oppressive model” for many years. Recently, there’s been a huge push by many therapists to destigmatize mental health in our communities but to also “decolonize” therapy. This is particularly exciting to me as a therapist who has never functioned or adhered to models of therapy that pathologize people.
How do you incorporate life coaching into your practice?
I have a real gift for seeing many possibilities for my clients, identifying their strengths, and helping them harness their natural gifts. As a result, I generate innovative ideas that often contribute to helping my clients find their purpose, start projects they’ve been procrastinating on, and launch initiatives they’ve been dreaming about. I guide you toward identifying your goals, devising numerous ways of reaching those goals, and choosing the best course of action in executing your plan. I find great joy in helping others heal and realize their dreams, and I always bring this enthusiasm into our sessions.
“Our work together will focus on reclaiming the parts of yourself that may feel lost.”