“My experiences have empowered me with a unique understanding that life can come with its share of disappointment, pain, and varying degrees of trauma.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I became a therapist to help in the process of bringing peace and healing into people's lives. As a black man, my personal journey inspires my empathic approach to connecting with clients, especially when relating to men, youth, young adults, the formerly incarcerated, and those impacted by the criminal justice system. This is what motivates my commitment to servicing people from all types of marginalized communities. My experiences have empowered me with a unique understanding that life can come with its share of disappointment, pain, and varying degrees of trauma. Because of these lived experiences, I am able to engage with my clients in a way that is authentic, relaxed, and nonjudgmental.
What should someone know about working with you?
A client once said his session with me was unlike any therapy session he’s ever had. He said, “You don’t talk like a therapist. You talk like a regular person.” I believe that therapy should be a collaborative conversation between myself and clients with the purpose of helping them achieve their therapeutic goals. I’m not in the “fixing” business; I’m in the helping business. I work with everyday people living everyday lives who are experiencing some form of mental or emotional discomfort or stress and wanting help in developing the tools and skills necessary to address and overcome these life interrupters.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Question: "When can the student beat the master?” Answer: “When the master stops being a student!" This is my philosophy and approach to life and learning as a professional and a person always striving to be my best self. I am always looking to increase my knowledge base as a therapist in order to impart more therapeutic tools to my clients. But the client is the only expert of his or her life.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Therapy is a sacred and safe space of vulnerability and this takes trust, openness, and the readiness to face one's past series of decisions and the inner motivations of what led to those decisions. It's a space of facing oneself honestly, and that can be truly frightening. I know this firsthand from being in therapy myself.
“Because of these lived experiences, I am able to engage with my clients in a way that is authentic, relaxed, and nonjudgmental.”