“The ability to connect with people in a manner that makes them feel comfortable speaking with me is one of many special talents that makes me well-suited to be a therapist.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist began as an intern in graduate school, but I did not continue after completing graduate school. My journey began as a caseworker in foster care and included stops in residential care, juvenile justice, homeless services, and academia. After completing my doctoral degree, I decided to return to practicing psychotherapy in underserved communities to decrease and eliminate stigma associated with mental health among communities of color. The ability to connect with people in a manner that makes them feel comfortable speaking with me is one of many special talents that makes me well-suited to be a therapist. I possess five years of experience providing mental health services in a clinic and through in-home therapy. These experiences have helped me develop into a flexible, well-prepared, and compassionate practitioner. I have completed specialized training in CBT, behavior modification, DBT, and strengths-based solution therapy.
What should someone know about working with you?
Starting where you are is part of the engagement and collaboration process. Progress is driven by the individual but beginning with short-term, measurable goals is encouraged to keep the individual motivated to develop and accomplish long-term goals. It is important to put into practice concepts discussed, so homework is assigned to provide an opportunity for an individual to apply concepts learned in treatment to real-life situations and reflect on the experience in subsequent sessions. I enjoy working with all types of clients, but my specialty is children, adolescents, young adults, and families with extensive trauma histories.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
In an effort to increase learning and build upon existing competencies as a provider, I attend training on topics of interest. Most recently, I attended a course on acceptance and commitment therapy and trauma-informed care. I also participate in monthly group supervision sessions with other practitioners and consult regularly with other mental health professionals. My current interests include feedback informed therapy (FIT) and anything related to trauma or grief.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The opportunity to expand treatment options through telehealth is really exciting because it can potentially increase access to more vulnerable individuals and groups who otherwise would not have access to mental health services. Decreasing the stigma associated with going to a clinic for treatment is especially important in reaching more adolescents and young adults. Intersectionality between individuals and systems has become increasingly more interesting in recent years, so I find myself reading as much as I can to integrate what I learn in assessing treatment options.
“I enjoy working with all types of clients, but my specialty is children, adolescents, young adults, and families with extensive trauma histories.”