“I focus on healing the trauma that deeply affects multiply marginalized people and I am currently studying to be an EMDR-trained therapist.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I studied psychology and biblical studies and earned a bachelor’s of science degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University. I went on to earn my master’s and doctorate degree in marriage and family therapy from Nova Southeastern University, completing my PhD during the pandemic. In 2020, I was featured in Forbes for my study of resilience and intersecting identities in queer women of Afro-Caribbean descent. Throughout my career, I have worked as a bilingual mental health assessor, psychology instructor at Broward College, and student counselor at Lynn University. I enjoy working with clients and helping them move forward with their goals. As a therapist, I have helped teens and adults navigate life transitions and find academic success leading up to their careers. My marriage and family therapy training and further experience have provided me with in-depth insight into how multiple systems and important relationships can influence the course of a person’s life.
What should someone know about working with you?
I create a safe place for people to heal. I operate on the SimplePractice platform, so everything from intake forms to meeting links is housed in one place for your convenience. I specialize in working with queer Black women but also work with a diverse group of clients.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I focus on healing the trauma that deeply affects multiply marginalized people and I am currently studying to be an EMDR-trained therapist.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Authenticity is the ultimate freedom, so I provide a safe space for people to be and explore themselves and go from where they are to where they can and want to be.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am very excited about the conversations we are having regarding racial trauma and sexual identity as they relate to mental health.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
Queer people of color are more at risk for bias and brutality than other sexual or racial minority groups. While more research is being increasingly done on LGBTQ+ Black lived experiences, studies have focused more on discriminatory trauma than everyday triumph. This led me to research resilience and intersectional identities in queer women of Afro-Caribbean descent. This consideration deepens my attention to cultural competence and fosters rich conversations at the intersection of homophobia and/or transphobia and xenophobia for the multicultural LGBTQ+ community in North America.
“Authenticity is the ultimate freedom, so I provide a safe space for people to be and explore themselves and go from where they are to where they can and want to be.”