“Being a black male who was raised in a single parent household has helped me understand the trauma that my clients experience in the world.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
This is my second career; I was previously in recreation, serving as an athletic director and working with programs. I took a part-time job at a group home for teens and that drew me to this field. I wanted to know the “why” of things: Why were they there? Why did they see the world the way they did? Why haven't they been helped? How can I assist them? I watched my mother help whomever she could and become a nurse. This gave me compassion for others and it's that compassion that compels me to want to see others succeed in life. I enjoy working with people and I've been told I get them. I've worked in an EBD school setting, as the coordinator of a therapeutic group home, in community mental health, as a trainer for other clinicians, and in a group practice. I believe these experiences have allowed me to work with and relate to various populations of people. I have completed CBT training, trauma-informed care training, and NAPPI training. I believe that behaviors are shaped by several factors.
What should someone know about working with you?
I provide an intake questionnaire and consent forms prior to the initial session. Initial sessions are for more detailed information-gathering and to lay out the foundation for the framework of therapy for the client. They allow the client an opportunity to ask questions and gather the understanding that treatment will be tailored to their individual needs. I work with various types of clients, including married couples, those between the ages of 12-70, and those dealing with anxiety or trauma.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Being a black male who was raised in a single parent household has helped me understand the trauma that my clients experience in the world. It has helped me to identify with the struggles and stereotypes people face in different facets of life. I believe this gives me the basis to have a better perspective of circumstances and allows me to come from the sincerest and most nonjudgmental standpoint I can.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited that we can now reach clients who may otherwise never have come into a therapy setting.
“It has helped me to identify with the struggles and stereotypes people face in different facets of life.”