“I enjoy working with teens, young adults, and women in transition but my specialty is working with young people who are challenging, oppositional, and defiant.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I've always loved school and when I was in college, I knew I wanted to work with young people. During student teaching one year, I noticed that many students struggled academically because of issues at home. That's when I knew I wanted to become a school psychologist. Now, with over ten years of experience, I've noticed that outside influences continue to impact students in the academic setting. During my counseling sessions, I observe that some students need higher care levels than what I can provide in the school building. These interactions have motivated me to pursue providing services through private practice. Having the experience of working in schools makes me an excellent liaison between parents and the school community. I've worked with teenagers who find it challenging to manage their emotions. These teenagers develop into young adults who often need help transitioning into the real world after graduation.
What should someone know about working with you?
I enjoy working with teens, young adults, and women in transition but my specialty is working with young people who are challenging, oppositional, and defiant. My intake process involves identifying reasons clients seek therapy and what success looks like to them. I will help determine where they see themselves in three months, six months, and one year. I often do "check ins" with my clients to determine if they are on target to meet their goals. My aim is to help clients reframe their thinking and take responsibility for their actions while guiding them in finding the solution to their challenges. I often provide homework assignments to assist in mapping out client goals.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about Black/Caribbean Americans engaging in therapy. There has been a stigma around mental health in the Black/Caribbean community for years and it is refreshing to see us participate in our healing. I don't just see this as a job; as a therapist of color, I feel it is my calling to help destigmatize mental health in the Black/Caribbean community. I look forward to connecting with people with whom I share the same background and offering culturally-competent therapeutic services.
“My aim is to help clients reframe their thinking and take responsibility for their actions while guiding them in finding the solution to their challenges.”