“Helping others access mental health services, as well as grow and develop, is something I am truly passionate about and view as my calling in life.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I am a child of Caribbean immigrants and I grew up in a single parent household. I experienced firsthand the issues affecting low income, minority, and underserved populations. I also experienced a lack of education regarding mental health services in both my family and community at large and saw how this lead to misinformation and stigma regarding accessing such services. This developed into a personal commitment to promoting culturally-informed and responsible mental health care services. Becoming a clinical social worker provided me with the opportunity to work toward this goal. Helping others access mental health services, as well as grow and develop, is something I am truly passionate about and view as my calling in life.
What should someone know about working with you?
Therapeutic intervention begins when one finds themselves at a crossroads, wanting to make a change; it then moves forward from there. My experience includes working with adults, adolescents, and children on communication issues, trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, academic underachievement, transitions, personal growth, behavioral issues, gender, and self-identity issues (to name a few). Additionally, I also work with clients who identify as spiritual or religious. I use an integrative approach, teaching clients various tools and techniques to manage anxiety, reduce depression, and maintain more satisfying relationships.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Diversity and exchange of thought are important in any field of practice and I believe that clients benefit most when providers collaborate around care. Thus, providing a holistic approach is an extremely important and vital part of my work with my clients. I have extensive experience working on multidisciplinary teams. When I considered going into private practice, I was concerned about becoming isolated as an individual provider.
Joining Alma provides me with continued access to group supervision, as well as a network of clinicians, psychiatrists, and referral resources. All this ensures my ability to provide my clients with the holistic care they deserve.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Making the initial move to speak with a professional about any challenges one is facing is both a courageous and monumental step! Reaching out for help can be one of the hardest things to do. Moreover, navigating one’s schedule, finances, insurance benefits, and the various types of mental health professionals available can be an intimidating process. It is a great privilege when a client provides me with the opportunity to be a part of their therapeutic growth and development process. My main focus is to foster a respectful therapeutic relationship that will engage you in a safe, interactive, relational, and experiential process at your own personal pace.
Who inspires you?
Growing up, my mother was my primary role model and inspiration; my parents divorced when I was three-years-old. Being raised in a single-parent household, my mother’s dedication, motivation, sacrifice, and patience - as well as her love throughout my formative years - made me who I am today. Additionally, I greatly admire Booker T. Washington. He was an educator, reformer, and one of the most influential black leaders of his time. He strongly believed in the notion of elevating oneself through hard work and material prosperity. My favorite quote of his is, “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”
“My main focus is to foster a respectful therapeutic relationship that will engage you in a safe, interactive, relational, and experiential process at your own personal pace.”