“The most common way people give up their power is thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker
Currently in school at Johns Hopkins University – Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Currently accepting clients on a case by case basis.
Why work with a clinician in training?
What’s therapy with me like? I focus on identity concerns, codependency, anxiety, and depression using person-centered, narrative and acceptance and commitment therapy (Gottman for couples) approaches.
Theoretical orientations that resonate with me are person-centered and feminist. I am very passionate about structural and social realities that impact the lives of individuals and their own personal experiences of their lives. I believe that understanding client’s experiences from their point of view and within a larger social context are crucial for a collaborative therapeutic relationship. ACT is an evidence-based approach that promotes individual acceptance of their thoughts as opposed to attempting to change them. Being able to embrace and accept oneself is something that I believe is important in an individual’s journey towards healing.
What do you like about the modalities that you practice? What sets them apart from other modalities for you? The evidence base for Gottman’s theoretical underpinnings, emotion centered approaches, and evidence based interventions align well with my personal predispositions making it an ideal modality for me when working with couples.
How I’ve kept learning… As someone who is curious by nature, I enjoy reading first-hand accounts of the unique experiences of individuals. I also enjoy watching video essays and documentaries that assist me in becoming more culturally competent. I am also constantly learning through interpersonal interactions and my work experiences. Recently I have completed Gottman Institute Trainings that have enhanced my knowledge and understanding of working with couples.
Who do I work with? I work with young adults, Black queer folks, and couples.
My impacting identities are… I am a Black/biracial woman and cisgender.
I feel allied/aware/part of/informed/knowledgeable about… BIPOC (part of), LGBTQ (allied), and Neurodivergent (knowledgeable about).
I am the best fit for a client who… is looking for a space for self-exploration, open conversations, and a willingness to work actively towards their personal growth.
I am not a good fit for a client who… is not ready to take ownership of their journey towards growth.
What makes me unique? I am very creative and thoughtful in the ways that I relate to others and conceptualize problems. My grandfather, who is also a clinician, has inspired me to pursue a helping career. I am a deep believer in the healing power of interpersonal relationships.
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 teletherapy and in person therapy!.
Am I taking on new clients? Currently accepting clients on a case by case basis.
The Fun Stuff
Did you know…I roller skate at skate parks and roller rinks!
Any pets? I have a tuxedo cat named Bubble.
What I’ve Learned Lately
- Eating difficulties training, Mind Body Training Institute, February 2022
- Gottman Level 1, The Gottman Institute, March 2022
- Anti-racism Training, Dr. Nathalie Edmond April 2022
- Gender Affirming Surgery Letter Writing Training, Tavi Hawn, LCSW-C, July 2022
- The Life and Work of Dr. Viktor Frankl: An Introduction to Logotherapy, Johns Hopkins University, September 2022
- Strategies for Addressing Loneliness in Behavioral Health Settings, Relias Academy, October 2022
- Neurodiversity Training, Eddie Lomash, LCPC, November 2022
- Harm Reduction, Emily Lamoreaux, January 2023
- Ethical Non-Monogamy 101 In Service, Samantha Roth, February 2023
How to Give me A Buzz
The best way to contact me is…by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.