“If your goal is to be free of emotional pain, be able to deal with life on life's terms, and find meaning and purpose in work, family, friendships, spirituality, and all other life areas, let’s start your journey today.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
After having my first child, my experience became statistical data added to the microaggressions of the perinatal experience for marginalized groups. This experience opened my eyes to the complexities of becoming a parent and experiencing the negative effects of healthcare and the psychological impact of pregnancy and childbirth on people of color. This eventually led to my work with women, couples, and adults navigating the healthcare system. In addition, quality of life has always been of great importance to me. I chose a career in social work to gain the skills necessary to help enhance the quality of life of individuals suffering and to help them create the life they wish to live. In addition to chronic health conditions, I have been drawn to working with individuals with anxiety and trauma.
What should someone know about working with you?
As a psychotherapist, I believe every client has strengths. Together, we can work to let go of relationships and routines that do not bring joy into your life. If your goal is to be free of emotional pain, be able to deal with life on life's terms, and find meaning and purpose in work, family, friendships, spirituality, and all other life areas, let’s start your journey today. While using solution-focused and cognitive behavioral techniques (CBT), we can address anxious thoughts and feelings and identify your best self.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Being an effective, knowledgeable therapist takes ongoing learning and training. I consistently stay active by participating in evidence-based research courses and training that focuses on trauma, behaviors, play therapy, and how to maintain a strong relationship with my clients.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
As a black mother and wife, I strongly support the idea of self-care. In order to help take care of others, we must first have a method of taking care of ourselves. I value having a few self-care practices in my toolbox for moments of distress and whenever I am overwhelmed as a mother, wife, sister, leader, or advocate. In session, I like to check in with clients on their self-care practices and help them think of new and realistic ways they can incorporate more self-care.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
It is very exciting how mental health has emerged from being just a concept to greatly impacting the overall wellbeing of individuals and families in a variety of ways, from the medical field to school systems, from privileged communities to the underserved. Telehealth is one of the innovations that allows me to reach (and help) a wide range of clients. Being flexible for my clients is a must for me, so making telehealth a more "normal" and comfortable method of therapy is a priority.
“While using solution-focused and cognitive behavioral techniques (CBT), we can address anxious thoughts and feelings and identify your best self.”