“The focus of therapy with me is on insight, relationship-building, and change.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I was going to be a literature professor until I saw an intense need for couples therapists in our community. There were so many people in unhappy relationships without any idea of how to change. I wanted to help people and I wanted to give people hope in a world that seemed dark and lonely. Having grown up in a tiny town with little diversity, I felt it was necessary for people of color to have someone who walked in their shoes with whom to discuss their deepest selves. I began my therapeutic career working in a nonprofit that offered free therapy to anyone who needed it, no questions asked. Each and every person I worked with inspired me to become a better therapist. I pursued training in trauma and in couple/family theories and became a speaker myself, conducting workshops and training all over the country. I utilize my experience and skills in my practice today with clients. Each and every one of them teaches me so much and I honor the time I spend with them.
What should someone know about working with you?
We discuss goals for therapy and check-in to make sure we are working toward those goals. My goal is to not keep you in therapy forever (unless that's what you're looking for!). My goal is to achieve the fastest possible path to your vision of yourself and your life. The intake process is a conversation to get to know you and what is most important to you. We will set a few tasks to complete outside of each session. The focus of therapy with me is on insight, relationship-building, and change.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My upbringing of being the seventh child out of eight siblings and growing up as a person of color in a small, rural town with minimal diversity has significantly shaped my practice. I value presence, quality conversation, empathy, and understanding others, and I implement all of this into my work with clients. To truly be listened to, understood, and accepted are my highest values and I honor each and every client who honors me by telling me their story.
“I value presence, quality conversation, empathy, and understanding others, and I implement all of this into my work with clients.”