“I like that I have a diverse working background, as it helps me see life from different perspectives.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have been practicing therapy for several years now. Prior to this career, I was a classroom teacher for 12 years. I also spent a year working at a mental hospital. I like that I have a diverse working background, as it helps me see life from different perspectives. I believe that perspective is key to understanding ourselves and our relationships with others.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am open to an initial consultation. It is important to make a connection with a therapist because this is a person you will be working with for an extended period of time. I practice cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT aims to challenge and change some of your unhealthy thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, turning them into ones that are more positive and productive. CBT also seeks to help you maintain emotional regulation and help you develop coping tools to address your problems. Every week, we set smaller goals to help you reach your long-term goals. I like to give homework; part of your progress is what is done in therapy but the biggest part is what is done outside of therapy.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe that we are the sum of our experiences, both good and bad. We cannot change the past but I choose to focus on how we can learn from the past. I believe that people can grow and change. I am an African American female with a biracial child. These two things are important to how I can see the world from different perspectives. People should be allowed to be who they are and do what makes them happy.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited about the evolving mental health landscape because of the accessibility of mental health treatment. Whether it is the prevalence of telehealth or more insurance companies providing coverage, I am seeing more people able to access my services. I want to use this evolution to be intentional about serving and reaching more people in need.
“I believe that perspective is key to understanding ourselves and our relationships with others.”