“I enjoy offering emotional and behavioral support to kids, adolescents, and young adults at various stages of their lives, and I recognize and respect the importance of ties to families and communities with which they identify.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
For as long as I have been working, my experiences and primary focus have been in supporting youth. Being a young person can be difficult to navigate on its own at any age and can become even more complicated when dealing with difficult environments and life events. I have found that it is critical to facilitate healing and sustain positive change by offering a supportive environment while acknowledging the impact of trauma in its various forms for individuals, families, and communities. I have previously provided mental health care to youth in residential settings, multiple schools, and a community-based clinic. To further my efforts to support individuals seeking care, I am currently completing certificate programs in advanced assessment and diagnosis and trauma-informed clinical practice.
What should someone know about working with you?
I do this work without expectations or judgment toward individuals seeking care and support. I recognize each person has different needs and unique experiences that they bring into session, all of which are equally valuable. We can work together to determine how you can be best supported during our time together while defining what progress and goals may be of importance to you. I enjoy offering emotional and behavioral support to kids, adolescents, and young adults at various stages of their lives, and I recognize and respect the importance of ties to families and communities with which they identify. I hold space with a respectful curiosity and value you as the expert of your own experiences.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I view social work as abolitionist in nature and have found that this is vital to building strong and trusting therapeutic relationships. Abolition means getting to the root of problems causing harm in people’s lives by looking at the larger systems we interact with; no one person or issue exists in a vacuum. We ask not only what is happening presently but how it began and what may come next. The political is often personal, as the way society is structured and power is distributed directly impacts our lives. With an anti-oppressive and trauma-informed lens, we can help name and address various traumas enacted on us based on race, gender identity, sexuality, immigration status, poverty, and other forms of systemic oppression. This is vital to creating a safe environment for making difficult psychological changes. Through abolitionist work, we can not only validate the experiences of others who have long been ignored but work to dismantle the very constructs that perpetuate these cycles.
“I hold space with a respectful curiosity and value you as the expert of your own experiences.”