“I enjoy working with clients who are open to my active style of therapy, which often involves reviewing the weekly exercises/assignments while also addressing the trauma that may be causing distress.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I became a trauma-trained therapist because I witnessed the effects of generational trauma within my Haitian community. I also work fulltime in a school as a school psychologist to help advocate for children and their families within the special education system. I have witnessed many injustices within the school system and our community and work diligently to address these at work and in my practice. I am passionate about helping families resolve their trauma and helping them heal their future generations to come.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake process involves understanding your mental health concerns and needs using a trauma and culturally sensitive lens. The first session also consists of psychoeducation where I use the information you provided me to help best educate you and form an appropriate, individualized treatment plan. We check-in with each other every step of the way. I don't like to call it homework; I like to call it "life work." All the weekly exercises I design are individualized to make slow and big changes to your life. I enjoy working with clients who are open to my active style of therapy, which often involves reviewing the weekly exercises/assignments while also addressing the trauma that may be causing distress. I am always open to clients providing feedback. The motto of my practice is "we grow together" because I truly believe that just as a client is learning from me, I am also learning from them.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am constantly learning and being challenged in my practice. I try to at least attend one training a month. Our field is constantly changing. So as a result, I find myself reading and researching the latest psychology news at least once a week.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am looking forward to creating a clinic where I can train future and upcoming clinicians of color like myself. I want to be able to provide a safe space for these future clinicians so that they can also provide the best care for the clients that we will serve. I am also working to address and fill the gaps of our field when it comes to cultural competency. I do not believe our field does enough to provide quality care to diverse communities. I am looking forward to providing consultations and trainings on a wider scale to help educate clinicians around the nation and world.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
My research currently focuses on how diverse communities of color express their mental health symptoms using their unique cultural terminology. I recently completed a study in which I explored how Haitian immigrant women described their symptoms following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Our field has to understand that we may be missing symptoms or incorrectly diagnosing because we have not yet realized that psychological terminology is based on Western values. Once our field moves past this, we will be able to provide quality treatment to communities of color. My practice currently works with diverse families and all of our assessments and treatment plans involve some form of cultural assessment to understand how diverse communities express their symptoms.
“The motto of my practice is "we grow together" because I truly believe that just as a client is learning from me, I am also learning from them.”