“I am naturally curious, patient, compassionate, and flexible, but I am also assertive and always open to learning about the clients I serve.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
In high school, I was sought out by many peers who would share the challenges they were experiencing at home and even in their social relationships. While I can’t say I had the skills I have now back then, it was simply rewarding to provide support for my friends at that time. My parents encouraged my desire to support others facing different challenges as they thought I had a natural aptitude to help. These experiences formed the foundation of my desire to become a clinician. I am naturally curious, patient, compassionate, and flexible, but I am also assertive and always open to learning about the clients I serve. These traits shape and continue to form my practice today.
What should someone know about working with you?
As we partner together for your care, you can expect a safe, judgment-free, and honest space where your identified strengths will be used to encourage and guide the change you are seeking. The process may become challenging at times, but I will be present with you to guide and support you. My intake process blends conversational support with a few structured questions as needed. Progress is seen as a commitment to the journey of wellness; the first step is to show up. Homework assignments are tools that I use when applicable to a client’s needs.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I was raised in a Caribbean home where I was taught the value of perseverance, hard work, and integrity as well as an appreciation for diversity. I learned early that no one person, group, or family is the same; it is this premise that guides my practice to appreciate diversity while remaining culturally-sensitive. Whatever challenges we are facing, it is important for us to keep pressing forward no matter the pace.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am super excited that mental health is being discussed more frequently in mainstream media, which has aided in reducing the stigma and stereotypes of mental health (especially in communities of color). The expanding landscape of telehealth has not only increased access to mental health care, but it has normalized the importance of taking care of our mental health and wellness. Telehealth also allows for greater flexibility and saves time for both client and clinician.
“As we partner together for your care, you can expect a safe, judgment-free, and honest space where your identified strengths will be used to encourage and guide the change you are seeking.”