“Just like hopes springing high, still I’ll rise.” – Maya Angelou
Currently in school at Loyola University Maryland – M.S. Clinical Professional Counseling, Projected Graduation, January 2024
Currently accepting new clients.
What’s therapy with me like? I focus on anxiety, depression, trauma, and life transitions utilizing Person-centered therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
Person-centered therapy emphasizes that the client is the expert and the role of clinicians is to empower them throughout the therapeutic process. All of these modalities encourage creating an environment where the client feels validated and safe sharing their internal psychological world, which I strongly believe in. Empathy, genuineness, and acceptance are the main aspects I bring into the room with my client, and I think these modalities support these mechanisms of change the most. I also like integrating parts of CBT into my work to help clients identify and modulate maladaptive thoughts/behaviors/emotions to help facilitate growth and recognize how these patterns play an active role in our lives and interpersonal relationships. My role in the therapy room is to validate your experiences, challenge you to explore your automatic thoughts, and make you feel safe to be vulnerable!
How I’ve kept learning… My current classes in the Clinical Professional Counseling Program at Loyola, research with my academic supervisor, peer-reviewed journals and recent literature, reading books!
Who do I work with? I prefer to work at an individual level with adolescents aged 13 and above, young adults, and adults – especially those with marginalized identities or from multicultural communities.
My impacting identities are… Being black and a cisgender woman are integral parts of my identity. I am able-bodied, with the “invisible” disability of ADHD. Through personal experience, I pride myself in being aware of how different aspects of one’s culture/identity shape their worldview and their interactions with others. My salient identities allow me to authentically encourage others to embrace individual differences, demonstrate cultural sensitivity, and promote acceptance. My upbringing in the south, where mental health is often considered “taboo”, has also contributed to my commitment to fostering an open and warm environment in therapy.
I feel allied/aware/part of/informed/knowledgeable about… BIPOC (part of), LGBTQ (allied), Trauma survivors (knowledgeable), and Neurodivergent – ADHD (part of).
I am the best fit for a client who… is ready to be challenged, wants to explore how their salient identities impact other areas of their life (work, relationships, etc.), and wants therapy to feel like a conversation rather than a one-sided talk.
I am not a good fit for a client who… isn’t willing to enter the process with an open mind, doesn’t want to unlearn and unpack the hard stuff, or is seeking rigid/structured sessions.
What makes me unique? As a clinician in training, I have as much to learn from my clients as they do from me. Learning and competency is an ongoing process that doesn’t have a final end goal – every day we are all obtaining new knowledge and gaining new perspectives. I am open-minded, an active listener, and will give my clients the safe space to share their unique experiences and worldview with unconditional positive regard and acceptance, while challenging any maladaptive behaviors or thoughts. The power of insight and reflection is wonderful, but the process itself can be scary (yet exciting!) if you aren’t equipped with the right tools and support system to guide you through it.
The Practical Stuff
What insurances do I accept? I am currently not in network with any insurances, but I offer therapy for a sliding scale between $30-70, based on what the client can afford.
Do I offer telehealth or in person sessions? During Covid, I am offering both in-person therapy and teletherapy (whatever the client prefers)!
Am I taking on new clients? Yes! I start January 2023.
The Fun Stuff
Did you know…I have seen every episode of Law & Order SVU at least 10 times… and still love watching it (thanks Mom)!
Any pets? One of my best friends recently moved across the country, and as a result, I got to become the new mom of a 12-year-old cat named Sasha (who is somehow the boss of my life and transformed me from being a dog person)!
What I’ve Learned Lately
- Supporting Students Impacted by Racial Stress and Trauma; Dr. Brittany Patterson & Dr. Kris Scardamalia; June 2021
- Intersectionality in the Bisexual+ Community; Dr. Christina Dyar & Ms. Marian Hernandez; November 2022
- Healing the Impact of Emotionally Immature Parents; Dr. Lindsay Gibson; February 2023
- Building Inner Safety for Deep Healing; Dr. Peter Levine; February 2023
- Healing Intergenerational Trauma; Dr. Arielle Schwartz; February 2023
- DSM-5© Differential Diagnosis for Clients with a History of Trauma: 4 Steps to an Accurate Diagnosis; Dr. Margaret L. Bloom; March 2023
- My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies; Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, SEP; March 2023
- Basics in Trauma-Informed Assessment; Child HELP Partnership; March 2023
- Trauma-Informed Functional Behavioral Assessment; Child HELP Partnership; March 2023
- Interconnected Systems Framework; The National Child Traumatic Stress Network; March 2023
- Reclaiming Authenticity: The Healing Journey from Trauma to Self-Discovery; Dr. Thema Bryant; April 2023
- Post-Traumatic Growth: Where Wisdom and Well-Being Can Bloom; Dr. Eranda Jayawickreme; April 2023
- The Family Crucible; Augustus Y. Napier, Ph.D., and Carl Whitaker, M.D.; June 2023
- No Bad Parts: Healing Trauma and Restoring Wholeness with the Internal Family Systems Model; Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.; June 2023
- EMDR, CBT and Somatic-Based Interventions to Move Clients from Surviving to Thriving; Arielle Schwartz, PhD, CCTP-II, E-RYT; July 2023
- The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work; John M. Gottman, PhD and Nan Silver; July 2023
- Skills for Psychological Recovery; The National Child Traumatic Stress Network; August 2023
- On Becoming A Person: A Therapist’s View of Psychotherapy; Carl Rogers; August 2023
- Trauma Treatment Certification Training (CCTP): The Latest Advances and Proven Techniques to Resolve Deeply Held Trauma; Janina Fisher, PhD; September 2023
How to Give me A Buzz
The best way to contact me is…by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.