“Each session will begin with a calming meditation and end with a personalized affirmation that I will help you create.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I am a Black woman in America, and I see, feel, and understand trauma, shame, pain, and struggle on multiple levels. I am also extremely optimistic and hopeful that humanity is on the path toward enlightenment. I believe strongly in the power of now and the power to change that we all possess inside of us. My background is in women's health, family and relationships, social justice, yoga, and meditation.
What should someone know about working with you?
I specialize in therapy for dating and relationship success, parenting, reproductive health, and other women's issues. I will help you write an online dating profile! Each session will begin with a calming meditation and end with a personalized affirmation that I will help you create. I lean into each client's unique story and offer them a safe and comfortable space to speak and feel all of their feelings without judgment. I will work with you to identify what feels good and right for you and help you set up goals to maintain your progress.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am certified in family systems theory, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, yoga instruction, DBT, and mindfulness practice, and I am currently seeking my certification in trauma-focused yoga. I will continue to grow as a practitioner by attending training on the latest treatment approaches for couples, trans individuals, members of the gay, lesbian, and queer communities, and those with racial and social justice concerns.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I am a fierce advocate for women, LGBTQ individuals, immigrants, survivors of domestic violence or abuse, and those who may feel that their voices have not been heard. I am a Black, sex-positive woman who grew up in New York City and I am fearless and funny! I will encourage my clients to explore what brings them joy and pleasure, step out of their comfort zones, ask questions (of me, themselves, and others), and release the fear of judgment that causes them to shrink or avoid confrontation. Healthy boundaries and pushing back against systems of oppression are key to healthy self-esteem. You matter and you are valuable!
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
As a certified yoga instructor and practitioner of meditation for over 12 years, I am most excited about the integration of Western psychotherapy with Eastern meditation and yoga practices in treating trauma history, physical pain, anxiety, and depression. This type of self-care is at the forefront of not just mental health but ALL health.
“I will encourage my clients to explore what brings them joy and pleasure, step out of their comfort zones, ask questions (of me, themselves, and others), and release the fear of judgment that causes them to shrink or avoid confrontation.”