“I offer my clients a space to be seen for the beautiful and complex beings that they are.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have been on both sides of the therapy couch. Feeling misunderstood by my own therapist as a teen helped motivate me to become, for someone else, the person I once needed for myself. There are significant deficits in mental health support in this country, especially in communities containing black and brown folks. Early in my career, I worked in a community mental health clinic in Queens, NY. I saw clients ranging from 3 to 80-years-old with varying diagnoses and severities of mental illnesses. Through my experience there and working in two different private practice settings, I began to hone in on the population that I did the most fulfilling work with: Women of color. I offer my clients a space to be seen for the beautiful and complex beings that they are. I relate to my clients on a level deeper than any textbook; I am them.
What should someone know about working with you?
I take an action-based approach in my treatment model. Get ready to have your cage rattled! I'll hold your hand the whole way, but I will challenge you to break the old patterns that have been so comfortably holding you back. I spend the first few sessions getting a sense of the major players in your life and identifying the major stressors. We will then identify your goals for treatment and come up with a plan on how to accomplish them. I will hold you accountable to holding YOURSELF accountable so that you can facilitate change in your life.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I look forward to seeing the stigmas continue to decrease in regard to seeking help and guidance when struggling with mental health concerns. I hope to see a day when seeing a therapist is as commonplace as seeing a PCP or a dentist.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I have done research on the ways that people describe their future self vs. how they describe their ideal selves. People underestimated how much control they had over the person they can/will become, describing the two selves completely differently a lot of the time. I use this research to emphasize to my clients how different their perceived control is from the actual control that they have. You can be anyone you want to be! You just have to do the work to get there!
“I relate to my clients on a level deeper than any textbook; I am them.”