“As a single mom of color, I have witnessed the extreme societal pressure placed on mothers to choose between their career or their children, leaving little room to provide attention to their own self-care.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
It can be challenging at times for women to have access to a therapist who can empathize with their experiences. Through a strengths-based approach, I share my personal experience of being a woman of color, a mom, a Christian, and a goal-oriented professional in nonprofit leadership and mental health. As a single mom of color, I have witnessed the extreme societal pressure placed on mothers to choose between their career or their children, leaving little room to provide attention to their own self-care. This ignited a passion within me to use my skills to support women to navigate through the chaos. My goal is to work with those women who may need help coping with these very real everyday stressors. Not a mom? That's ok! I can also empathize with the pressure placed on women of color in the workplace to work so much harder than their male counterparts. It’s my hope to create a safe space for you to explore these feelings.
What should someone know about working with you?
It’s super important for my clients to know that I consider myself to be "not your average therapist.” While I do utilize traditional social work practices, I also see the beauty in a more modern social work approach. I never want clients to feel as if they are under a microscope but they should feel as if I am relatable, so I do utilize "self" during our sessions. For this reason, my clients tend to be women, women of color, mothers, working women, divorced women, or women of faith. During our initial session together, it’s important that my clients have the opportunity to get to know me but also get to ask any questions and voice their expectations for our journey together. Since everyone's journey is different, I rely on my clients to take charge of their own narrative and solely utilize me for support in unpacking their thoughts and feelings. I do give clients challenges to complete in between certain sessions.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I love that more women of color are seeking therapy services and that society is normalizing their need for services. From studies on black communities, we know that women are usually the backbone of their families and homes and at times, can hold so much unresolved trauma, leading to negative family cycles. Clinicians of color have begun private practice work and telehealth services in response. It is my hope that as this trend continues, our communities will heal.
“This ignited a passion within me to use my skills to support women to navigate through the chaos.”