“I enjoy sitting with my clients and being in the moment; you won't see me looking down and taking notes throughout the session!”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I became a therapist because I know what it is like to come from a family who does not know how to talk about feelings! I am a certified Gestalt therapist and I am currently completing my doctorate at NYU. My final paper is on the topic of parental socialization of emotion and African American mental health utilizing a critical race theory perspective. Basically, it looks at how children learn to express emotion by the way their parents socialized the child's emotions. If we don't get enough emotional support as children, we have difficulty supporting our own feelings in proactive, healthy forms as adults! I have worked in many different settings and utilize a number of modalities of treatment besides Gestalt therapy. My goal is to improve a person's overall sense of wellbeing!
What should someone know about working with you?
I enjoy sitting with my clients and being in the moment; you won't see me looking down and taking notes throughout the session! I focus on wellbeing, improving self-esteem, and self-empowerment. I like working with people from all diverse backgrounds or anybody who is just feeling stuck and needing help or perspective in their lives.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am completing my doctorate at NYU and regularly take continuing education classes as well as participate in trainings and workshops.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
Integrity, fairness, care, compassion, and support are the values I learned growing up and they are now integral parts of my approach to therapy. Clients improve when they feel these core values from their therapist.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I wrote two papers for my capstone at NYU and developed two modalities of treatment, including one specific to the impact historical trauma has on African American mental health. I utilize critical race theory as a way to gain perspective on race issues for individuals. It has helped me learn new ways of looking at race relations and the true impact they have on a person.
“Integrity, fairness, care, compassion, and support are the values I learned growing up and they are now integral parts of my approach to therapy.”