“Individual change occurs within the context of family, community, and society values.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I chose psychology as my career goal in high school. I did so out of my belief in an individual's ability to change and grow and out of my passion to be a catalyst for individual growth.This continues to be the core value of my work with clients. I have worked in numerous clinical settings, including hospitals, mental health clinics, and private practice. But it is my work with social service agencies, specifically HIV and LGBTQ organizations, where I developed a rich understanding of the intentionality of identity, the impact of social determinants, and the absolute need to recognize racial justice, gender equity, and identity parody. Individual change occurs within the context of family, community, and society values. I believe developing the skill to "be one's own advocate" is a critical component to one's growth and recovery. I have also had extensive experience in executive coaching and management consulting.
What should someone know about working with you?
I enjoy working with individuals from diverse backgrounds. My goal is to understand why the client is seeking assistance and support and in collaboration with the client, develop a workable strategy for change.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I strongly believe in an individual's potential and capacity for growth. No matter how challenging or difficult a situation, change is possible with the right tools and an empathetic ear. This optimism is my core belief and what led me to become a therapist.
“I believe developing the skill to "be one's own advocate" is a critical component to one's growth and recovery.”