“I discover every day what I have always known: Everyone has within them the strength and the power to help themselves and to overcome what may seem to them presently as unconquerable.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a licensed clinical therapist was linear; I have always had a desire to help people, which allows me to focus on the person. I have experience in many settings, including working in the prison system with many misunderstood, misdiagnosed, and untreated males with mental health challenges. Currently, I work at a level 1 trauma center, which is also a teaching hospital in New York State. My office is the emergency room. Here, I meet many people at one of the worst moments of their lives, including the death of loved ones or emergency medical events. These experiences have led me organically to doing individual therapy. I am very focused on strengths-based theory as well as resiliency theory and I work through a solution-focused theoretical framework. I discover every day what I have always known: Everyone has within them the strength and the power to help themselves and to overcome what may seem to them presently as unconquerable.
What should someone know about working with you?
What my clients should know about me is that I will turn over every theoretical stone until I find a theoretical framework that works for them. As far as my intake process is concerned, it is super easy. Progress can be measured in small wins (what the client deems as a "win").
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
My passion is reading; I enjoy staying up-to-date on current evidence-based practices for the improvement of my skill set. My interests include trauma-informed care and mindfulness, practices which allow me to empower individuals to grow and move forward in their journey to wellness.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core values are faith, family, and social and economic justice. My worldview is quite simple and mirrors one of the core competencies of the National Association of Social Workers, as I believe that everyone has a right to be in a good place mentally, physically, and spiritually. Because of my life experience as a mother and a professional, I find that I have evolved into a change agent, which is a natural profession for a social worker. The same steps that I have taken to secure my life mentally, physically, and emotionally are the very same steps I am willing to assist my clients in taking. As a woman of color, I am quite proficient in cultural sensitivity.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
A statement that I make several times throughout the day is, "How may I help you?” I am so excited about the entire landscape of mental health counseling that I earned the prestigious credentials of an LMSW-R. With these credentials, I am able to get back to a tenant of the National Association of Social Workers by offering clinical supervision. I am also excited about the invention of telehealth, which allows me to reach people who are unable to come into my office for physical counseling. I have a very hungry appetite for research, and I am always taking classes or reading about whatever’s groundbreaking on the research horizon in every aspect of clinical counseling.
“The same steps that I have taken to secure my life mentally, physically, and emotionally are the very same steps I am willing to assist my clients in taking.”