“I appreciate working with clients who are committed to their own wellbeing; if you lose sight of that for a little while, I'll hold that vision for you.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Becoming a therapist was a second career. I taught in inner city schools and was astounded by the trauma and learning challenges that many children experienced. What I discovered was that I was better at helping meet the needs of students from a social-emotional perspective than I was at teaching the basics of phonics. I was completing an MA in women and gender studies with a concentration in Africana studies. I then began to understand the intersectionality of trauma, oppression, and mental health. The focus of my thesis work was working with women who were incarcerated and working with them on paths to liberation, which included things like yoga, storytelling, auto-ethnography, art, and community building. The elevator explanation of it was to understand our imprisonment inside our stories and the possible paths of liberation. I have taken all of these experiences and worked with people to help them liberate themselves from past experiences and the meaning they have created from those experiences.
What should someone know about working with you?
A first appointment or a consultation is to find out if we are a match, whether you feel comfortable with me, and if I feel like I have the skills to help. We then talk about your history and how you will know when you are finished with therapy. From there, we develop a plan of action. There is homework that you may choose to do to integrate the work you are doing in session. We talk about progress throughout our work so we know what direction we need to move while making sure we are on the right path. I appreciate working with clients who are committed to their own wellbeing; if you lose sight of that for a little while, I'll hold that vision for you.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am always working to up-level as a therapist and I am currently in training with Gabor Mate in his compassionate inquiry program. I have a commitment to be the best therapist I can be through additional training, engagement in learning communities, and peer consultation. This commitment is for the clients I work with and the care I provide. I strive to provide the most excellent care available.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My approach to therapy is predicated on the knowledge that we heal in community, even if it’s just with one other person. As a therapist, I work to be the unshakable container able to hold and help transmute pain and trauma into hope and meaning.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about the research that is happening around the brain, how brain architecture can change, and how people can heal.
“As a therapist, I work to be the unshakable container able to hold and help transmute pain and trauma into hope and meaning.”