“I'm all about empathy and unconditional positive regard.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always enjoyed helping others. My masters’ degrees include counseling psychology, school psychology, and administration and supervision. My combined doctorate is in school and community psychology. My board certification is as a school psychologist. Working in schools and with children was how I began my journey. Later, I became an administrator, international teacher and consultant, and a psychologist who even supported celebrity clients. As time passed, I gained an expertise in forensics and geriatrics as well. I continue to teach and travel to provide mental health support on a national and international platform, which is why I mostly provide telehealth sessions.
What should someone know about working with you?
Our first communication will be a diagnostic evaluation so we can both understand what your needs are and if I am the best clinician to help you achieve your goals. I'm a straight-shooter and will be honest even if it is difficult to hear. I do not offer free consultations. I like to work with a client to create measurable goals, so we both know what progress will look like and if we are making progress. The construction of a detailed and individualized treatment plan will be the first order of business in any interaction with me. I will treat you and engage with you the EXACT way I would hope someone would work with me. I'm all about empathy and unconditional positive regard. I do not judge; I do everything in my power to understand and THAT will help us work together and move forward.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
As a woman of color, I spent a lot of time in my career being the "first woman of color" to do something. It wasn't easy, but it allowed me to see the importance of being able to value and embrace differences and recognize that every person has an expertise that can help you grow as an individual. I strive to learn something new every day and use that to make me a better person. While working in an orphanage, I learned the importance of kindness. From my students, I have learned humility. While working in jails, I learned the importance of giving someone the benefit of the doubt. When working with Holocaust survivors, I learned to appreciate resilience. While working in schools, I learned the power of words. As an international educator, I have learned the value of global citizenship. My dad taught me that nothing beats a fail except a try. My mom taught me the healing power of laughter. We all are on a journey together. To share the journey is a privilege.
“I do not judge; I do everything in my power to understand and THAT will help us work together and move forward.”