“Being heard and understood are the most critical components in a therapeutic alliance.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
It was a life changing and transformative experience with a family member that led me to the world of social work. I pursued my passion for this field by attending and graduating from Florida International University with a bachelor's degree in social work. After graduating, I worked with women, children, and families across the South Florida region. During that time, I continued to perfect my craft. A few years later, I graduated from Florida International University with a master's degree in social work. My areas of specialization are medical social work, maternal mental health, and early intervention.
What should someone know about working with you?
To ensure that I have the most important facts of you, my intake process consists of completing an intake assessment and signing consent forms prior to our initial session. One of my goals is to foster a therapeutic environment where I will dedicate my time to helping you identify and uncover reasons you feel drained and recognize the obstacles that keep you overwhelmed and stagnant. To ensure that your treatment process is effective, we will establish a treatment plan in conjunction with evidence based tools and resources for recovery. Being heard and understood are the most critical components in a therapeutic alliance. The therapeutic process is like a ladder and each rung of the ladder is a coping skill from which we can learn and upon which we can build.This allows us to take steps toward feeling courageous. As a psychotherapist, I want to be a source of support in helping individuals realize that there is hope. As you embark on the healing journey, psychoeducational materials are suggested and homework is assigned occasionally as we continue to build a therapeutic alliance.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
As a therapist, I believe in growth and consistency. One of the areas I am most interested in acquiring more knowledge about is maternal mental health. I have completed my Perinatal Mental Health training course from Postpartum Support International and I aspire to become a certified provider of Perinatal Mental Health. I am grateful to have a doula within my support community and I am looking forward to expanding that community to include OB/GYN and Nurse Practitioner providers.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Growing up in a predominant Caribbean community in South Florida, I realized that therapy was not positively regarded as a healthy life coping resource. There was limited room to process life challenges and individuals carried so much unresolved traumas as a rites of passage. These unresolved traumas may have contributed to other issues in their lives. As a therapist, I want to confront those stigmas and normalize therapy as a life coping tool. My philosophy and approach to therapy reinforces the importance of moving toward courage. Courage supports our strength and resilience. This is a lesson I learned as a mother of a special needs child and having gone through my own personal experience with childbirth-related trauma. Living life is inevitable. Each one of us may experience different challenges and obstacles across many spectrums. It is imperative that we develop the courage to take active steps and not remain stagnant. I am a dedicated therapist who will accompany and support you while taking active steps toward courage.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited that telehealth is one of the leading cross-cutting platforms used for therapy. This is very beneficial to anyone and everyone who desires to receive counseling in the comfort of their own home.
“The therapeutic process is like a ladder and each rung of the ladder is a coping skill from which we can learn and upon which we can build.This allows us to take steps toward feeling courageous.”