“As a counselor educator, I am trained to make the therapy process an educational one.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I became a therapist after working in social services for many years and seeing its limitations. While I felt honored to serve my former clients, I wondered if deeper psychological concerns were being missed in my service provision. It was at this time that I decided to exit the working world and pursue a graduate degree in counseling.
What should someone know about working with you?
My therapy service is part empathic listening, part encouraging clients to experience their emotions, and part psychoeducation. As a counselor educator, I am trained to make the therapy process an educational one. This uplifts the client because they begin to understand that they have choices in this world. Blending this with empathic listening helps clients feel accepted as they learn. I believe learning is best approached when we are curious and unafraid.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
To continue building my competencies as a counselor, I remain connected with colleagues in the field who are practicing and who are also in research. I am enrolled in various online periodical and training programs, like Psychotherapy Networker, that are committed to providing guidance and training to therapists all over the world.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I bring my lived experience as a Black woman living in the US to the cultural context. For most of my clients, this provides an informed container to the experience. Many of my Black female clients remark on "feeling felt" in our sessions and on being able to share matters and concerns for which they have no other space to unpack or explore said experiences. I believe that this encourages a person to show up a little bit more courageously and as themselves over time.
“Blending this with empathic listening helps clients feel accepted as they learn.”