“Being heard and understood are the most critical components in a therapeutic alliance.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Helping a family member through a difficult time was the impetus that led me to the career of social work. I attended and graduated from Florida International University with a bachelor's degree in social work. After graduating, I worked with women, children, and families. During that time, I developed a passion for the field. Through determination and hard work, I graduated from Florida International University with a master's degree in social work. My area of specialization is maternal mental health. I have acquired 12+ years of experience in community, medical, and school settings.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake process consists of completing an assessment and signing consent forms prior to our initial session. My goal 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. 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 we can learn from and build upon, which 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 also network with a doula and I'm looking forward to connecting with OBGYNs.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Growing up in a Haitian community, therapy was nonexistent and there was limited room to process life challenges. As a therapist, I want to confront those stigmas and normalize therapy. My philosophy and approach to therapy stresses the importance of moving toward courage, as courage supports our strength and resilience. This is a lesson I learned through my own challenging but rewarding experience as a mother of a special needs child and my experience with birth-related trauma. We all experience life's challenges and obstacles and if we do not have courage, we are going to remain in that same funk. 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 we can learn from and build upon, which allows us to take steps toward feeling courageous.”