“In our nonjudgmental, secure space of comfort and with you as the captain, we will discover different experiences, feelings, and thoughts.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Life has a funny way of pulling us toward a certain path. From a young age, I wanted to become a teacher but then I realized that there was a greater need for work with individuals. As an Afro-Caribbean woman, I realized how I could help destigmatize mental health regardless of race, gender identity, traditions, values, or religion. I've had the pleasure of providing services to the underserved and at-risk populations in the community. I have a passion for working with individuals impacted by depression, anxiety, domestic violence issues, anger management, childhood trauma, and career challenges throughout the lifespan. Helping people find solutions is my passion and calling.
What should someone know about working with you?
To get to where you need and want to be, my sessions consist of teamwork based on what works for you. In our nonjudgmental, secure space of comfort and with you as the captain, we will discover different experiences, feelings, and thoughts. At times, I will challenge you to dig deeper, but I will support you every step of the way. During our intake, I am interested in hearing about current stressors and past events that have led you to me today. We will have the opportunity to develop a treatment plan by identifying obtainable steps and developing coping skills. If needed, we can work with other professionals to maximize your progress. I have worked with several psychiatrists, nutritionists, and other healthcare practitioners in the past, aligning ourselves to our common goal. Together, we will be a team through the process of healing.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I believe learning is a vital aspect of growth; I am forever learning in different areas of focus to not only further my growth but also the growth of my clients. I have participated in various different training courses, including CBT, trauma-informed narrative therapy, mindfulness skills, IFS, attachment work, and acceptance and commitment therapy. I also love working with clients from diverse backgrounds, as it increases my cultural sensitivity and understanding.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
First, I want to acknowledge that it takes tremendous courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps toward change. It is my belief that one's experience does not define them but instead teaches them something new about themselves. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support you — growth and change will come!
“At times, I will challenge you to dig deeper, but I will support you every step of the way.”