“Sometimes, we just need help in fleshing out what it is we already know about ourselves and I see myself as a guide and facilitator of that process.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I've always had a desire to serve. After participating in several different volunteer opportunities in undergrad (including a dropout prevention program), I knew social work was the way to go. I've had the opportunity to serve in a variety of sectors, including day treatment, homelessness, substance abuse, foster care, and adoption. But I knew the ultimate goal was to serve in a high school setting, helping to shape young minds, and then eventually start a private practice. After almost 10 years in the school system, I am ready to devote myself fully to my private practice clients and I look forward to serving the underserved in this capacity. As a Black woman from a family of immigrants, I strongly desire to work within these communities as there has been historically a huge stigma around mental health. With information and culturally-competent support, I believe there can be great strides made individually and collectively.
What should someone know about working with you?
I operate as a thought partner with my clients. On several occasions, I am known to say, "You are the expert on you!" Sometimes, we just need help in fleshing out what it is we already know about ourselves and I see myself as a guide and facilitator of that process. It's important to me that my clients feel empowered in leading their journey toward good mental health through self- awareness. Often depending on the session, I will assign homework and I have been known to suggest books as well as music that may assist a client in better understanding their work. My favorite clients are those motivated toward change. Their enthusiasm and desire to grow is inspiring.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I consistently take on opportunities to learn and grow by attending trainings, conferences, and speaking engagements or listening to podcasts from other clinicians. I also love reading about different kinds of clients than the ones I see. This readies me for new opportunities to grow.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
My faith is important to me. In thinking of the overall concept of my practice, I think about the quote, "Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Regardless of color, gender, sexual orientation, or anything else, this is a concept that serves us all. When you can change your mind, you can change your life! This allows you to make more informed decisions about your future.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I'm most excited about the growth in education in communities of color. There’s more talk around therapy and understanding of how it can change lives.
“It's important to me that my clients feel empowered in leading their journey toward good mental health through self- awareness.”