“My “why” is simple: I seek to create healing spaces for people to restore the best versions of themselves while knowing that they are supported the entire way.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Growing up, I was surrounded by strong and confident women who taught me to be the same. When I got older and unpacked my own traumas, I learned that while all these women were strong, most were struggling with their own insecurities and mental health concerns with no one who felt like a safe space to turn to. After I attended college, I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted to do, but I knew that it would be related to women’s empowerment and creating spaces where people felt heard and valued. My lived experiences have also contributed to my healing work, and I have worked in many difficult settings, including an HIV clinic, correctional facilities, hospitals, and child welfare. I had to learn on my feet and connect with people using basic, humanistic approaches and oftentimes, humor. My “why” is simple: I seek to create healing spaces for people to restore the best versions of themselves while knowing that they are supported the entire way. You are not alone.
What should someone know about working with you?
I welcome clients of all backgrounds, nationalities, and genders, but my niche is within the BIPOC community. I am committed to healing and addressing systemic oppression and racism in our community. Together, we will examine long-held beliefs and the impact of racism in our society and how it relates to our self-esteem and mental health. I look forward to helping propel collective healing in society. I am a certified child and adolescent trauma specialist, an advanced care planning certified facilitator, and certified in the nurtured heart approach. I am the author of two fictional novels, Hey, Brown Girl and Forty-Two Minutes. I use writing as my form of self-care and I seek to help others find their personal form of self-care.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe that being able to bear witness to someone’s story and personal thoughts is an honor and truly humbling. I do not take it lightly and I strive to empower clients with the tools they need to examine their own behaviors. My approach is always client-centered and I engage in ongoing education yearly to improve my craft. I strive to be a competent and qualified human being and therapist. My approach with clients is not a one-size-fits-all model, and I try to meet each client where they are. I have personal interests in astrology, tarot, and energy healing, so we may whip out a deck of cards for clarity if you are interested.
“I welcome clients of all backgrounds, nationalities, and genders, but my niche is within the BIPOC community.”