“Once I became a therapist, I realized that talk therapy only helped people 50% as their anxiety, trauma, and depression was stuck in their body.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist and certified yoga teacher?
I have always wanted to be in some sort of helping field. I am a big extrovert and love talking to people; I can talk to anyone around me! I come from a lot of childhood trauma. I grew up in a big and dysfunctional Caribbean family where no one talked about anything, especially feelings. The trauma was not just stuck in my mind but my body as well. Once I became a therapist, I realized that talk therapy only helped people 50% as their anxiety, trauma, and depression was stuck in their body. I wanted to learn how to heal that, so I decided to take a yoga class and got hooked. I then decided to take a yoga teacher training class. It wasn't until I started to incorporate body work (e.g., yoga) that true healing happened. I didn't choose this field; this field chose me.
What should someone know about working with you?
When working with me, I use a number of alternative methods on how to heal, which can include, learning how to breath, light meditative yoga poses, and aromatherapy. There is no one-size-fits-all, and together, we explore that. I also assign homework exercises, which is a reflection of your time in therapy. I work with children, adolescents, young adults, and adults.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
Most people don't realize how much trauma, stress, anxiety and depression is stuck not just in your mind, but also in your body; Once I realized that, it changed the way I viewed therapy and how I wanted to practice and help heal other people.
“I wanted to learn how to heal my mind, body and spirit, so I decided to take a yoga class and got hooked.”