“One of my favorite Maya Angelou quotes is the following: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.””
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My initial career path was in communication, science, and disorders during my undergraduate studies at the University of Florida. Although I enjoyed my experience with my undergraduate education, I found myself highly involved in extracurricular engagements through the Multicultural and Diversity Affairs department. I subsequently got involved with advocacy work for underserved populations. Following my undergraduate education, I pursued my master’s in clinical social work at Barry University. Here, I had the privilege to work with Haitian refugees displaced from the 2010 Haiti earthquake and intern at a community-based psychiatric hospital. Since completing my education, I have had experience working in various treatment settings, including psychiatric hospitals, outpatient, residential programs (mental health and substance use), and foster care.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am intentional about creating a nonjudgmental, safe atmosphere. My approach involves working collaboratively with clients throughout the therapeutic process. I believe in meeting clients where they are in their journey and working on individualized goals based on that perspective. One of my favorite Maya Angelou quotes is the following: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Through my work, I am open to exploring past narratives, challenging unhelpful core beliefs, addressing alternative thought processes, and changing patterns of behavior that clients have identified as no longer serving them. I provide recommendations for psychoeducational material, documentaries, and homework assignments for clients who express interest. I recognize that we all have different learning styles and I’m open to feedback throughout my work with clients.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I believe in the continued commitment to learn and grow within this field and throughout life. I do not believe there will ever be a point in life where I have mastered it all. Through my career, I have engaged in training for adoption competency, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and helping victims of human trafficking. I am always interested in learning more about different religious and cultural practices in order to increase my ability to provide therapeutic interventions and meet client needs. In addition to learning about different cultures, I am passionate about foster care and adoption.
“Through my work, I am open to exploring past narratives, challenging unhelpful core beliefs, addressing alternative thought processes, and changing patterns of behavior that clients have identified as no longer serving them.”