“I have seen the benefits of helping others respond to themselves with self-compassion and empathy versus shame and guilt.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
In 2015, I began my journey to deepen my understanding of humanity and "what it is to be a person" by pursuing my Doctor of Social Work at Rutgers University. Through my education, I learned the importance and value of facing all of the dark and ugly places within myself. During my dedication to shadow work, I gained insight, understanding, and empathy for myself in ways I didn't know were possible. This experience laid the foundation for my personal growth and led to a renewed passion for helping others navigate their struggles in meaningful ways. I have seen the benefits of helping others respond to themselves with self-compassion and empathy versus shame and guilt. I take great pleasure in offering counseling and psychological services to support my clients through life’s challenges and most trying times, which allows them to come out on the other side more empowered, hopeful, and successful.
What should someone know about working with you?
When working with me, you'll find an ally. It is not my place to judge you, your choices, or your struggles. I am here to support your healing and to be with you during your journey. Together, we explore where you are and where you would like to go. During the intake process, I gather relevant information about your life to help you identify your goals and the barriers you've encountered in meeting those goals. We use self-exploration, self-awareness, and self-compassion to gain an understanding of where you are in your process. No plan is set in stone and I find it useful to revisit your goals and needs to ensure they are still relevant throughout your process. I encourage open and honest communication so you feel empowered to work toward the issues most significant to you. Most importantly, I want my clients to know they don't need to suffer alone and that they have a compassionate and patient supporter by their side.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I have completed training in complex trauma, DBT, mindfulness, gender identity, somatic experiencing, and self-compassion. I am a dedicated learner and take a variety of monthly trainings on clinical and social justice topics to ensure I am providing the best care possible to my clients. In my practice and personal life, I am dedicated to social and racial justice, equity, and amplifying the voices in the LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities.
“I want my clients to know they don't need to suffer alone and that they have a compassionate and patient supporter by their side.”