“I am someone with an excessive amount of positive energy and I express a down-to-earth, welcoming, and open-minded manner with my clients.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
The notion of one's duty to help others was ingrained in me since childhood. Becoming a therapist was a wonderful fit for my unique skill set. I come from a family of helpers and knew I wanted to go into the service field. My parents were both teachers, and my stepfather was a pastor. I realized at a young age that I was good at talking with people in any setting. More importantly, I realized I was a good listener. Friends would often share their feelings with me without fear of judgment. I enjoyed seeing their lives improve and I enjoyed being useful. These tenets continue to guide me daily in my present work with adolescents, individuals, couples, and seniors.
What should someone know about working with you?
I have been fortunate enough to work with a wide range of clients over the past several years. My clients represent various culturally-rich and diverse backgrounds. From a school setting in the inner-city to in-person therapy to teletherapy, I have found ways to connect with clients to support them in working toward their individual therapy goals. I am someone with an excessive amount of positive energy and I express a down-to-earth, welcoming, and open-minded manner with my clients. I utilize humor in counseling when appropriate, so many sessions may include laughter even if tears have been shed. I care deeply about seeing each of my clients take positive steps forward in their lives and I will be fully present to aid you in your journey.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Recently, I have been drawn to the topic of mindfulness. I know it is a pop-psych buzzword these days, but I have been fortunate enough to learn for myself and see the power of meditation and mindfulness practices in organized settings. Being a clinician, we commit to a life-long journey of learning in order to stay aware of the best practices that benefit our clients.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I knew I wanted to help others since I was seven years old. I realized that helping others was a win/win situation. I received joy in assisting others and those I assisted seemed to genuinely feel better. I have been fortunate enough to counsel folks of many backgrounds, ages, and life challenges. I have worked with clients from ages 6 to 72. I have worked in various settings, from an academic medical center to private practice to an all-boys school for at-risk inner-city youth. I enter with an open-mind and a willingness to help; who I serve is not nearly as important to me as how I serve them.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about telehealth’s ability to reach underserved communities. As a clinician with ADHD who has dealt with depression and anxiety challenges since the age of 16, I tend to gravitate toward those topics as well. As a former collegiate soccer and rugby player, I enjoy reading about emerging trends in sports psychology to better assist players.
“I enter with an open-mind and a willingness to help; who I serve is not nearly as important to me as how I serve them.”