“I work best with people in the middle of transitions and those seeking support through their thinking process or exploring the process itself.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I actually started my career working with at-risk youth and eventually with families. I was drawn to working with families and children because I was curious about how best to reconnect them to solutions that helped. I’ve had an opportunity to work with juvenile offenders, families, and adults in crisis and young people with personality disorders. I’ve completed REBT and motivational interviewing training and I enrolled in the MITPP psychotherapy program.
What should someone know about working with you?
The intake process involves a standard form that is used to gauge where a client is and what their goals for treatment may actually be during our time together. I work best with people in the middle of transitions and those seeking support through their thinking process or exploring the process itself. I was trained as a systems thinker and still consider things along those lines in order to help clients reach solutions.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I seek out new methods and folks who I haven't had a chance to meet yet. I am continuously exploring how to add AEDP to my practice and embracing a better psychoanalytical approach. I am working toward a certificate in adolescent and children psychotherapy.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
The therapeutic alliance is important to healing. Crisis and suffering create opportunities toward healing and transformation.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am genuinely excited about Black and Latinx people becoming more receptive to therapy and a general openness to wellness.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I’ve participated in temperament-based studies with schools and families, intensive therapy with court-involved youth, and evaluation of mentoring, teaching, and education programs for improving outcomes for youth of color. I’ve also promoted promising practices with fathers and families in the government and nonprofit sector.
“I was trained as a systems thinker and still consider things along those lines in order to help clients reach solutions.”