“I specialize in HIV-related issues, substance use, parenting skills, early childhood, trauma, personal issues, and relationship issues.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I began as an accountant major in college but, when I took my first sociology class, I realized that numbers were not as interesting as human behavior. I became very intrigued by deviant behavior, which develops from a person’s experience with trauma or by witnessing something traumatic (many times, these traumatic events occur in early childhood). I found myself fascinated by the human mind, emotions, reactions, defenses, and behaviors. At first, I thought psychology was what I wanted to major in. It soon “clicked”, however, and I noticed that I preferred not only listening but also empowering others by helping them to help themselves. In college and throughout my studies, my spirits were lifted whenever my friends, peers, colleagues, clients, or consumers identified their problems, solved their issues, connected to resources, and developed coping skills. Their ability to find happiness led to my wanting to become a therapist. In therapy, the work of change is difficult; it can be challenging but the reward is worth it. In therapy, one learns to love life; they understand happiness, fulfillment, and success are choices. I specialize in HIV-related issues, substance use, parenting skills, early childhood, trauma, personal issues, and relationship issues.
What should someone know about working with you?
I provide safe humor and “real talk” to assist clients in identifying their true challenges, finding the root cause, and setting and accomplishing goals. I believe everyone has the ability to love the life they live and live a life they love.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited that the walls (i.e., the stigma) of mental health are crumbling. The mental health platform encourages people to become the healthiest and happiest versions of themselves. I am elated to see actors, professional athletes, business professionals, and politicians tell their stories to the public. I am excited to see mental wellness promoted throughout our communities. I remember when it was too taboo to discuss, when it was dismissed, when it was overlooked, and when it was thought of as a weakness. I am excited to bring equality and wellness to all.
“I provide safe humor and “real talk” to assist clients in identifying their true challenges, finding the root cause, and setting and accomplishing goals.”