Areas of Expertise
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
CBT is an intervention that aims to improve mental health. CBT focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful cognitive distortions and behaviors, improving emotional regulation, and the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems.
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
TFCBT is an evidence-based treatment for individuals impacted by trauma. It is a components-based treatment model that incorporates trauma-sensitive interventions with cognitive behavioral, family, and humanistic principles and techniques.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
EMDR is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal.
The first thing you should know is that I lead with my authentic self and don't believe a therapist should be a so called blank slate. I do not show up in the traditional way as I bring into the therapy space both my experiences , education and knowledge.
I welcome that when we sit together I will listen purposefully as our sessions are more of a conversation. We will process, together, co-exploring your unique story. We will in all likelihood share some laughs, looks and common experiences.
I am honored as I am commonly referred to as safe, relatable, easy to talk to, nonjudgmental, and thoughtful.
My beliefs are that:
All people move towards their best selves when they feel safe, connected to others, feel a sense of meaning and purpose, and feel understood and validated.
Racism is trauma.
The thoughts and beliefs that we have about ourselves affect how we feel and behave in our environment. We start formulating these thoughts and beliefs into stories at a young age, due to messages - both direct and indirect (and often unintentional) - that we receive from the outside world, including family, peers, media, and sociocultural groups.
We are responsible for our healing.
Joy is an act of resistance
Every person is capable of reinterpreting stories and thinking in new ways that are more constructive, and that this process takes practice.
Problems often arise from a place of transition or development