“Throughout my career, I have worked in outpatient mental health clinics and in public schools with at-risk populations of all different ages and ethnic backgrounds.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I knew at the ripe age of 11-years-old that I wanted to be a therapist; my vision was to help people see the best in themselves in order for them to be able to live fuller and happier lives. Throughout my career, I have worked in outpatient mental health clinics and in public schools with at-risk populations of all different ages and ethnic backgrounds. Working with these populations and witnessing such resilience has strengthened my belief that the process of healing is a truly powerful and humbling experience. In addition to helping others, I also truly enjoy learning and have two postgraduate certificates. One is in advanced CBT and the other is in child and family therapy.
What should someone know about working with you?
I find that I enjoy working and collaborating with individuals of all different ages, races, and ethnicities. My approach to therapy is tailored to my client's specific and individual needs. My first session will most likely be about an hour long. This is where I gather as much information about my client's presenting issue and history. I will then work with my client to formulate a plan that honors and values my client's needs and goals.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I have a never-ending desire to learn and have attended continuing education courses in mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and dialectical behavior therapy. I have also attended seminars and workshops on topics that discuss the neurobiology of trauma. My experience working with at-risk populations has allowed me to collaborate with psychiatrists and doctors who specialize in treating individuals with chronic medical illnesses like fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and other autoimmune conditions. This experience has helped me shape my practice to include a more holistic approach to treatment, incorporating the relationship between mind and body.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
As a woman of color, I am aware of the challenges people of color face in their daily lives and as someone who lives in a multiracial household, I have come to understand how important it is to also be willing to listen to and understand different cultural points of view. My upbringing and life experiences have given me the foundation of what it really means to have empathy for another's experiences, no matter how much they differ from my own. I am passionate about unraveling the mysteries that lie within the human condition, most of which are embedded within our current and past experiences of who we are and where we have been.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am super excited about the ability to provide mental health services through telehealth, as this opens the doors to reaching individuals who would not otherwise be able to have access to therapy. I am also very interested in the neurobiology of trauma in children and adolescents.
“Working with these populations and witnessing such resilience has strengthened my belief that the process of healing is a truly powerful and humbling experience.”