“I do not have the “pill" that will take your emotional and mental woes away, but I am confident as your accountability partner that we (YOU and I) will certainly come up with attainable goals and sustainable actions.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I worked in correctional care for a few years as a psychiatric nurse practitioner; it was the best job ever. This job made me realize that horrible decisions are made from a lack of wisdom and a lack of guidance. When you know better, you do better. I have also realized that for the most part, people suffer a lot in silence, oppressed by all kinds of stigma until they give in to their negative thoughts. If I can deter one person from a suicidal or homicidal plan, then I can say I have contributed to a better world. Every day, I aim to help one person at a time until I reach the whole community.
What should someone know about working with you?
The intake process is straightforward. A few simple forms will be sent for you to complete via a HIPAA-compliant cloud-based system. I use an app called Spruce Health for video conferencing. The first appointment is a psychiatric evaluation that lasts 60 minutes. If medication is prescribed, you are scheduled for a follow-up appointment in two weeks. You can expect a discussion on nutrition, self-care, your social environment, and more as it relates to your mental health. I do not have the “pill" that will take your emotional and mental woes away, but I am confident as your accountability partner that we (YOU and I) will certainly come up with attainable goals and sustainable actions.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I continue to enrich my learning through participation in industry-related seminars, conferences, and continuing education courses. CBT is my preferred mode of therapy and I sharpen my CBT skills on a daily basis.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe in sowing love, kindness, and hope. I treat others as I want to be treated and I aspire to overflow with hope every day.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I embrace telehealth, as I believe it is one of the avenues effective in closing the gap in health disparities.
“I treat others as I want to be treated and I aspire to overflow with hope every day.”