“I enjoy working with adults who are committed to self-exploration and uncovering the obstacles that are preventing them from living their best authentic lives as well as clients who want to integrate faith with therapy on their journey.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My reflective and observant nature as a child sparked a curiosity in the world around me. As a child who lived and studied in three distinct cultures (England, Nigeria, and the United States), there was much to be curious about. The people, culture, societal values, and inequities consistently brought me to ask, “Why?” My natural curiosity and passion for learning opened the career paths of librarianship, information technology, and a mid-life career change to clinical social work, which is fulfilling my passion for understanding the complexities of the human mind and the influences of culture, faith, system inequities, and how they ultimately affect a person's wellbeing. For the past several years, I have worked in a variety of settings, including outpatient, schools, and residential treatment centers. I am experienced in utilizing cognitive therapies. I am a certified clinical trauma specialist and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) provider.
What should someone know about working with you?
I seek first to understand my client as a whole person with strengths, weaknesses, and blindspots. We all have them and I believe there is more to a person than a diagnosis, so I work from the premise that the client is the expert on their life. I view my role as that of a fellow pilgrim on life’s journey who has the honor of partnering with others on their path to wellness. I work collaboratively with the client and based on established goals, there might be the need for me to assign some work for the client to complete outside of the therapy session, which will help the client move closer to accomplishing their goal. I enjoy working with adults who are committed to self-exploration and uncovering the obstacles that are preventing them from living their best authentic lives as well as clients who want to integrate faith with therapy on their journey.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Growing up and living in different cultural societies created an appreciation and openness to people from all walks of life. My core values of faith, authenticity, and empathy provide the framework that I work from. Each client is viewed through a holistic lens — they are encouraged to come as they are, they are accepted as they are, and they are invited to take an active role in their healing to discover more of who they are so as to fully live their best authentic life.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
As someone who spent part of my early career in the IT industry, I am particularly excited about the significant role of information technology in delivering accessible mental health services both now and in the future. The pandemic really showcased the need and importance of having safe and reliable access to technology as a means to access much needed services. We have witnessed immense growth in the development and accessibility of mental health applications, which provide clients with helpful tips and skills at their fingertips. Telehealth services are a much needed addition to the mental health landscape as we work to expand accessibility across the board.
“Each client is viewed through a holistic lens — they are encouraged to come as they are, they are accepted as they are, and they are invited to take an active role in their healing to discover more of who they are so as to fully live their best authentic life.”