“My intake process is founded on attachment; I will ask many questions about what life has been like for you during different phases.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Mental health is my second career; I first worked in Corporate America in administrative support. I did this for about 10 years, working my way up to a high level that I was proud of but found unsatisfying. Since switching careers, I have worked in social work, case management, community healthcare, and private practice. I have had the opportunity to support children, teens, families, and parents.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake process is founded on attachment; I will ask many questions about what life has been like for you during different phases. I will be curious about the dynamics you experienced and how they affected you. At times, I give challenges to implement or ask you to practice something we learned in the session. This may include practicing a grounding exercise or keeping track of moments you found distressing.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am currently working toward certification as an emotionally-focused therapist. Certification means that I am going beyond my training for supervision and feedback. I want to ensure I am providing quality counseling and support.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
It brings me true joy to see how many in the black community are moving past mental health stigma. Generational dysfunction, systemic oppression, and racial trauma are all being validated as real and detrimental to the mental wellbeing of African American communities, which allows for research and resources to be used for healing.
“At times, I give challenges to implement or ask you to practice something we learned in the session.”