“When working with me, you will recognize that I am always encouraging you to learn how to trust your voice.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
When I consider the path that led me to becoming a therapist, it seemed natural but it did not feel that way. I began my career in early childhood development and learning, working with children in lower income communities. There, I learned the difference having a support system can make when the odds are stacked against you. I then began my career in mental health, working with an intensive community treatment team to support individuals with severe mental illness. These experiences have shaped the path I am on. When working with others, my approach is supportive and goal-oriented; I help clients build confidence while challenging their mindsets.
What should someone know about working with you?
When working with me, you will recognize that I am always encouraging you to learn how to trust your voice. I believe that we all have what we need inside of us to heal and there are times when we just need assistance and support. During the intake process, we will talk about your current stressors and the coping strategies you have employed thus far. The most important part of the process is building trust and creating a plan to help you on your journey to achieving your goals.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe we each have the properties to heal ourselves and sometimes, we just need some assistance. This is my approach to therapy and I encourage you to trust your voice and be confident in yourself. We all have learned beliefs that we follow and never take the time to reevaluate. But reevaluating can help break patterns and habits that seem to be recurring. I believe the path to change requires work; the same effort we give when learning a subject or a craft should be what we give when working on ourselves.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited about the progress of destigmatization of mental health in the Black community. In the Black community, more individuals are seeking therapy and recognizing that it is okay to ask for help. Although there is still stigma surrounding mental health, I believe it is my duty to be a part of the change. I enjoy working with individuals from diverse backgrounds, which helps increase my cultural sensitivity and hopefully helps break the stigma surrounding mental health in their communities.
“I believe that we all have what we need inside of us to heal and there are times when we just need assistance and support.”