“Being highly sensitive, intuitive, and spiritual means that I have a natural desire to help and serve.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said, "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” Being highly sensitive, intuitive, and spiritual means that I have a natural desire to help and serve. My early exposure to underserved communities led to frequent experiences involving those struggling with the dis-ease of mental illness and addiction. Realizing early on that these communities had been subject to high rates of trauma in individual and collective ways, I became curious about the connection between the two. This led to the pursuit of higher education and work experience with a focus on understanding the connection between trauma and mental illness as well as options for healing. I have worked in rural black and indigenous communities from Florida to Alaska. I have obtained specialized training in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, somatic experiencing, suicide prevention, and addictions.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake process consists of a thorough biopsychosocial-spiritual assessment in order to set the foundation for holistic care and identify clear treatment goals. The intake assessment offers insight and frequently acts as a guide to the various options and directions we can take to collaborate to reduce symptoms of distress. Indicators of progress include changes in your thinking, more positive feelings about the self in the present, action steps toward your desired goals, and more clarity about the direction of your life and purpose. Because each client is unique and I tailor treatment specific to your needs, practice activities outside of the session may be a component of our work together, but these should never be burdensome or add to stress in your life. I enjoy working with diverse clients who desire change, understand that change requires effort, and are willing to step outside of their comfort zone to have a fulfilling life.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My values and life experiences have been pivotal in shaping my worldview. Transparency, equity, nonjudgment, and autonomy are some of the values on which my foundation to engage in the therapeutic relationship is even possible. Cultural humility is the highest form of respect that I can offer individuals whose cultural background differs from my own. I make a conscious and intentional effort to do no harm as I work to help my clients heal.
“Indicators of progress include changes in your thinking, more positive feelings about the self in the present, action steps toward your desired goals, and more clarity about the direction of your life and purpose.”