I am an intuitive & empathic therapist; I hope to keep our focus on the present, with an awareness of the past and hope for the future.
About my clients
I have a considerable background working with the Black community and other communities of color, the LGBTQ and Non-Binary communities. I work with Adults, Teens, Individuals, and Couples from all cultural backgrounds. Everyone is welcome!
Background and Approach
Maybe you remember this scene from a movie; picture it, a peaceful airplane ride becomes turbulent. The plane begins losing altitude rapidly. The flight attendant urgently instructs you to "put your oxygen mask on first" before helping others. That simple, but critical statement, is just as important in our everyday lives.
Remembering to take time for yourself non-selfishly can be difficult for anyone who tends to place others' needs first. Together, in your therapy, we will explore your thoughts, feelings, decisions, choices, wants, and needs. I will assist you in" finding your voice" and help you to "put your oxygen mask on first."
My therapeutic approach is Relational, Supportive, Empathetic, Conversational, and Collaborative. I will challenge you to be an active partner in therapy and work toward ongoing insight, growth, and positive change.
Over the years, I have worked with teens, adults, couples, families, groups, communities of color, and the LGBT population.
I have experience working with school stress, workplace stress, first-generation immigrants, the dynamics of aging, racism, homophobia, transphobia, conflict, and life transitions. I also recognize the role that race, culture, and identity play in our lives and how oppression, prejudice, and racism (& other isms), can hinder our wellness.
We may utilize multiple theoretical approaches such as Cognitive Therapy, Solution-Focused, Trauma-Focused, Psychodynamic, LGBTQ Affirmative, and Attachment-based therapy. Together we can address issues important to you, such as anxiety, depression, cultural identities, and trauma.
Is Therapy Right for You?
Psychotherapy is often sought out by individuals who are struggling or dealing with some kind of personal or mental health issue. A common misconception about psychotherapy is that a mental health issue is a necessary precursor to someone engaging in treatment.
Nothing could be more false. Psychotherapy has immense value to anyone who wants better to understand themselves or the dynamics of their interpersonal relationships. It's an exploratory process that seeks to provide insight, which is an invaluable tool to have at your disposal.
People who have experienced depression, anxiety, phobias, addiction, PTSD, ADHD, etc., may seek therapy to treat the problem and/or learn healthy ways to cope. In many cases, disorders are treated medically in conjunction with therapy.
Therapy can provide a safe, supportive place for people to talk about grief, adjustment to physical illness, the end of a relationship or job, abuse issues, or any change in life circumstances that cause distress. Therapists help clients learn coping skills to get them through these times.
Individual, couples, or family therapy can address a common source of distress: poor communication and difficulty resolving conflicts.
Some people come to therapy to gain a deeper understanding of themselves. They want to know why they do what they do, why they feel what they feel, and determine how much control they have over those areas.
What Will We Talk About?
State: California, License: LMFT #121606
State: Kansas, License: LCMFT #03112
School: Antioch University
M.A. in Clinical Psychology specializing in LGBTQ Affirmative Therapy
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained
OCD Certified Therapist (International OCD Foundation)
Domestic Violence and Trauma Certification