“Working with children, teens, and adult women in various settings has helped me to understand how important women are in the family unit as it pertains to the overall health of the family.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always had a passion for helping people but in my younger years, I thought I would do this as a physical therapist as I am naturally more of a scientific, logic-minded thinker. However, growing up as a child of an alcoholic in the inner city, I had a school-based counselor who opened my eyes to breaking the cycle of dysfunction in families. After I became a mother, helping children and families live healthy lives from a mental health standpoint became the focus of my passion. Working with children, teens, and adult women in various settings has helped me to understand how important women are in the family unit as it pertains to the overall health of the family. My education and training have helped me to understand how our biological makeup interacts with our social environments and how this can create symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other intense emotions. We can learn ways to manage these symptoms and our behaviors surrounding them, ultimately living happier and healthier lives.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe that everyone, including myself, has room to grow. Everyone can increase their mindfulness in their daily life and become more effective in their relationships. I believe in meeting you where you are in your journey. If you are ready to make change, we will focus on increasing mindfulness and learning new coping skills to facilitate new behaviors. I will also help you create goals for yourself in therapy and life and help you in your journey to reaching your goals. This will involve you practicing the skills that you learn in order for change to occur. Sometimes, we need someone to hear us and validate us so that we can increase our own self-compassion. Whatever it is that you need, together we will work toward helping you get your needs met even if that means figuring out what it is that you need first. Change is hard. Facing our emotions is hard. But I believe everyone is capable of doing both in a validating, supportive, and nonjudgmental environment.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I love learning and incorporating what I learn into my life and my practice as a therapist. I’ve learned how to conduct therapy sessions via telehealth, which I was very concerned about at first. I believe that my ability to develop a relationship with my clients where they feel safe and supported is one of my best attributes and I feared how that would work via telehealth. Thankfully, I have found that telehealth works for me and my clients, and I’m so excited because I truly feel it opens doors to therapy for people who otherwise would not have access or time in their day to travel to an office. I am also excited that it is becoming more normal for people to talk about their struggles with their mental health and their experiences in therapy. I will continue to be an advocate for finding balance, taking care of one’s mental health, and breaking down the associated stigmas in our society.
“If you are ready to make change, we will focus on increasing mindfulness and learning new coping skills to facilitate new behaviors.”