“Having had experience with personal struggles, I have developed a keen sensitivity to my clients' problems and a deep ability to connect and remain empathetic and compassionate.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I fell in love with psychological studies in high school. Becoming a therapist has fulfilled my curiosity about human existence and my quest for happiness. I used therapy to overcome my own struggle with fears, shame, and self-doubt, which has affirmed my faith in the helping profession. I have learned through training and personal experiences that all human beings have the same basic quests in life and that we all deserve a chance to develop our unique potential, contribute uniquely to the tapestry of life, and be happy. I have also learned that human growth can only lead to spiritual development and discovery. My growth in understanding the common threads of humanity helps me treat my clients with respect and compassion. I have had extensive training in CBT, EMDR, mindfulness, trauma-focused, and insight-oriented therapies. My inclination is to use an integrated approach that meets clients where they are and helps propel them forward to achieve their objectives.
What should someone know about working with you?
I tend to help clients feel comfortable with the intake process. It is very streamlined, consisting of consent forms, a questionnaire, and the initial interview. A baseline is established and every session is used to assess progress status and focus of treatment going forward. I use assignments as necessary and provide concrete suggestions to build skills away from the therapy room.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Continuing education proves to be very helpful in my growth and effectiveness as a clinician. Besides required training to renew my license, I remain involved with organizations such as Therapy Networker, Inc to stay abreast of new therapy techniques and improve my professional development. I am very versed in learning about trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, and relationship difficulties. Remaining connected to other providers is another way to nurture and expand my horizon in working with clients.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My upbringing presented me with a lot of challenges that I had to overcome with courage and openness to new possibilities. Having had experience with personal struggles, I have developed a keen sensitivity to my clients' problems and a deep ability to connect and remain empathetic and compassionate. My Caribbean cultural background has equipped me to understand and help with cultural diversity needs.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Telehealth in mental health practice is a newly evolving area with its promises and challenges. It allows the opportunity to reach a larger population and be more accommodating to diverse populations.
“My Caribbean cultural background has equipped me to understand and help with cultural diversity needs.”