“I work with clients to promote true behavior change in an empathic and affirming environment.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist wasn't a straight line. I earned my degree in English literature and Black studies in 2010 and started working with at-risk youth in Harlem as a student advocate/college counselor. It became apparent that the children and their families were struggling with so much outside of the classroom and didn't have access to mental health or other support that would have benefited them. That is what led me to start my master’s degree in mental health counseling. My goal is to make therapy accessible to the marginalized populations that haven't traditionally been able to use it.
What should someone know about working with you?
I provide services in English. I treat anxiety, ADHD, grief, and depression. My treatment approach is primarily cognitive behavioral therapy, but I tailor my treatment toward your individual needs. I work with clients to promote true behavior change in an empathic and affirming environment. I have worked with various populations, including LGBTQ+, BIPOC, the medically fragile, and at-risk youth in the areas of intimate partner violence, substance abuse, cognitive impairment, life transitions, bereavement/grief, anxiety, depression, and severe mental illness.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I participate in CEUs that are related to topics my clients are showing a need for me to have more competency in. This has led me to attend courses on the topics of sex therapy, LGBTQ, CBT, DBT, CBT for chronic illness, grief, and more. I also attend training to gain more cultural understanding of both cultures I identify with as well as those outside of my identity.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core value of respect impacts my approach to therapy. I believe that my clients deserve an environment that is affirming and empathetic and they are respected in our therapeutic environment.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I'm most excited by the amount of access telehealth offers to clients. Clients who have a variety of reasons for not being able to leave their homes can now get services from their homes. This is another sign that the field continues to evolve and grow.
“I believe that my clients deserve an environment that is affirming and empathetic and they are respected in our therapeutic environment.”