“I am compassionate and an active and reflective listener.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My first professional role models were social workers and my mother was a foster mother to several children throughout my adolescent and teenage years. I am compassionate and an active and reflective listener. My lived experiences also contribute to my ability to empathize and support emotions. I have worked in several residential, inpatient, and outpatient community settings. My clinical experience, private practice, and learned theory have aided my vast knowledge when working with individuals, families, and couples.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am a member of the Simple Practice platform, which aids me with everything administrative. Electronically-signed consents are a must as is completion of a detailed questionnaire and a 15- minute consultation. Progress appears as improved emotional regulation and healthier, more optimistic actions. Homework is an absolute part of healing, follow through, unpacking, and active accountability. I enjoy working with adults who are committed to changing unhealthy narratives and unpacking trauma in its varied forms.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My upbringing is paramount to my worldview, due to my humble beginning and traumatic schema as well as access to supportive services and resources. My worldview was defined by a social worker, foster parents, and a therapist who provided resources and tools for survival. My worldview of mental health, recovery, and macrosystems has always been positive and rewarding because I know that access, proper linkage, and support make a world of difference. Mental health treatment has varied complexities; it is challenging but rewarding and allows for measurable outcomes. I pride myself on being sensitive and impartial when rendering therapeutic services. Understanding the ethical obligation to abstain from bias and judgment is at the forefront of my practice and I take continuing education courses as they relate to cultural
sensitivity. I also understand that trauma, betrayal, loss, forgiveness, and shame are universal and require a healthy and impartial clinician.
“My lived experiences also contribute to my ability to empathize and support emotions.”