“As a licensed professional counselor, my goal is to maintain a safe space that promotes healing, self-love, and empowerment.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I didn't always know I wanted to become a therapist, but I've always valued helping others. Through my early work, I've learned that in order to help others, I have to be okay with allowing them to decide what is best rather than doing what I believe is best. After all, we've all received advice from friends that we ignored because it didn't fit our vision for ourselves at the time (due to one thing or another). For this reason, providing person-centered, culturally competent care is at the forefront of my approach to therapy. Over the past several years, I've worked with clients in a wide range of areas stemming from my role as a family worker and advocate for parents and children within the school system to working for a hospital network and supporting individuals (including high-risk clients) at each level of care. My life experiences combined with my work experiences enable me to work with people from all different walks of life and in varying stages of life.
What should someone know about working with you?
As a licensed professional counselor, my goal is to maintain a safe space that promotes healing, self-love, and empowerment. My work involves collaborating with individuals and families to work through challenges such as life transitions, trauma, mood disorders, and addiction. I am specifically trained in several modalities, including DBT, EMDR, and CBT.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I am most excited about mental health treatment becoming destigmatized, especially among minorities. Making the decision to work on yourself is one I believe everyone should be proud of; we're all constantly learning and growing and none of us have all of the answers to life on our own. Even "the strong ones" deserve a space where they can unpack and focus on their own mental and emotional health. As someone who knows the experience of having trauma dismissed, emotional invalidation, and being expected to "get over it" or "heal with time", my work is rooted in the creation of safe spaces for tough conversations.
“My work involves collaborating with individuals and families to work through challenges such as life transitions, trauma, mood disorders, and addiction.”