“I will assist you in creating positive changes in your life by increasing awareness of thought patterns, behaviors, and beliefs to help you grow and gain insight into yourself and your struggles while acquiring the tools you need to face said challenges (and any new ones) on your own.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Therapy is not just what I do. At the risk of sounding cliche, it’s who I am. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had an affinity for talking and listening to others led by a desire to understand people and relationships. My love for counseling began in my sophomore year of high school when I had the opportunity to become a peer mediator. I was trained to assist with skill building, problem solving, and decision making. It was then that I realized helping others identify and work through conflict was a role where I felt best suited. Relating to people of all ages and backgrounds and seeing things from multiple angles have always come naturally to me. I’m constantly inspired by the resilience of my clients and the power that relationships have to heal and transform lives.
What should someone know about working with you?
I offer a warm, down-to-earth, and interactive approach to therapy. My expertise is grounded in evidence-based treatment approaches, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, but I am flexible and incorporate aspects of other therapies, such as DBT, schema therapy, attachment therapy, and the Gottman method. I believe therapy is most successful when the therapist and client work together. Collaboratively, we will identify goals and potential areas of growth in your life. We will then use these as guideposts to assess progress and steer the direction of our work. I will assist you in creating positive changes in your life by increasing awareness of thought patterns, behaviors, and beliefs to help you grow and gain insight into yourself and your struggles while acquiring the tools you need to face said challenges (and any new ones) on your own.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I grew up in an environment where mental health wasn’t addressed or even understood and come from a culture that often associates shame with mental health struggles. That shame is part of the violent, flawed rhetoric that cons us into thinking that accessing or seeking care is inherently wrong or unhealthy. A lot of the motivation behind my work is the opportunity to encourage and implore others to be radically intentional about getting the care they deserve. I also encourage people to interrogate the sources teaching them to internalize the negative beliefs about what therapy is and can be.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I love that the conversation surrounding mental health is in the process of relinquishing some of the stigma it used to bring, especially within communities of color. We are finally destigmatizing mental health and normalizing therapy and I truly love that for us. I am also excited about teletherapy and the accessibility it provides. At a time when therapy is needed more than ever, remote sessions have been able to fill the gap and provide an experience comparable to that of in-person sessions. I have found that I am still able to build strong therapeutic alliances with new and existing clients and that the quality of the work we are doing remains the same. It has decreased barriers to mental health care by giving access to individuals who could not obtain services previously due to either location, transportation, work obligations, or social anxieties.
“A lot of the motivation behind my work is the opportunity to encourage and implore others to be radically intentional about getting the care they deserve.”