“I use a holistic-integrative approach to wellness that assimilates interventions from various healing modalities to help clients attain a grounded sense of personal power and practice equanimity.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I became a therapist to help others; I've only ever done work to help others. Prior to making the transition to private practice, I spent 20 years working in nonprofit and community-based social services (in the areas of homelessness, incarceration, substance use, and rehabilitation), mental health (Article 28 and 31 clinics), and education (intermediate and high school). My aim has always been to provide access and opportunity to underserved populations, allowing them to learn, grow, and find the strength and resources necessary for self-efficacy. Aligning my values has allowed me to facilitate environments that promote interpersonal effectiveness (specifically, open and honest communication) as well as provide the needed support to those I work with. This lets clients take responsibility and ownership for actions and behaviors while developing new skills that allow them to clarify their personal values and take action toward them.
What should someone know about working with you?
I use a holistic-integrative approach to wellness that assimilates interventions from various healing modalities to help clients attain a grounded sense of personal power and practice equanimity. This may include but is not limited to talk therapy, yoga (postures), breathing techniques, meditation, journaling, and worksheets. I offer a safe space for BIPOC and LGBTQPOC to be heard, to feel supported, and to process the impact of race-based denigration on identity and personal power. My approach helps turn insight into ACTION, helping you remain in an optimal emotional state while improving personal and relational happiness.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Having engaged in 99% of treatment in a face-to-face and brick and mortar setting, I am most interested to see how telehealth continues to evolve. Theories and interventions and how to apply these through a limiting modality like telehealth, where the therapist doesn't have control of the space, has been an interesting adjustment for me. With that said, the opportunity to connect with new people and provide access to even more populations (as barriers like transportation are reduced) has been just as rewarding as the occasional uncontrollable environmental distraction has been frustrating.
“My approach helps turn insight into ACTION, helping you remain in an optimal emotional state while improving personal and relational happiness.”