“Traveler, there is no trail. The path is made by walking.” – Unknown
Currently in school at Johns Hopkins University – Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Projected Graduation, May 2023
On summer break, but accepting new clients for return in late August.
What’s therapy with me like? I specialize in marginalized identities/experiences , issues related to women and girls, navigating relationships (platonic, familial, and romantic), and navigating transitions. I use person-centered, cognitive behavioral (CBT), and feminist modalities.
All three of these modalities fit my natural orientation towards people. Person-centered empowers the client as the expert on their life, which can be different from other approaches that view the therapist as the expert. Person-Centered also embraces my warm personality and communication style. CBT values client thought patterns and how they impact feelings and behaviors. This approach allows me to explore how clients talk to themselves, and how one’s self-talk reflects and impacts how they experience the world. It also offers a structured but flexible approach to therapy which is useful when conceptualizing information. Feminist therapy acknowledges the historical, institutional and power dynamics that impact lived realities. I believe this to be critical when striving to fully understand a client’s presenting concern. Feminist theory also aligns with my core values of truth, voice, and empowerment.
How I’ve kept learning… As a current graduate student, I spend much of my time reading, writing, reflecting, and asking questions. I am currently on a research team that explores ruptures in counseling relationships with clients of minoritized identities. I am intent on occupying diverse spaces and am constantly learning from those around me. I also seek out volunteer opportunities that fit my interests and curiosities. And of course, Netflix. Sometimes a documentary or series can be just as educational as a book. Classes I’ve completed in the last year include Diversity and Social Justice in Counseling, Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling, Career Counseling, Group Counseling, Couples Counseling, Diagnosis in Counseling, Psychopathology, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.
Who do I work with? I work with adults age 18+, individuals, and people in relationships.
My impacting identities are… I am a Black woman. Each of my life experiences are perceived through these lenses and inform my understanding of the world. I am also a person of faith and embrace spiritual beliefs and experiences as valid and integral to holistic healing.
I feel allied/aware/part of/informed/knowledgeable about… African-American/Black community (proudly part of), Person of Faith (proudly part of) LGBTQ (proudly allied).
I am the best fit for a client who… is looking for a safe and validating space to explore and process their thoughts, feelings, and experiences; who is looking for a therapist who is interested and attentive to their cultural identities and experiences; who appreciates a conversational style of therapy.
I am not a good fit for a client who… is not willing to do process work; who is looking for a quick solution to their challenges; who is not willing or ready to be challenged or expects a therapist to have all the answers; or who needs a highly structured therapy format.
What makes me unique? I started my professional career working in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion. I carry these values in my personhood and my professional identity as a counselor. I will give you as much space as you need to be yourself. I will give you time to vocalize and process your thoughts and feelings without interruption, and will reflect the mirror back to you for you to better see yourself. I am committed to ensuring that you feel heard and validated. I will hold space for you as you find your way and heal. I believe that healing comes from within, and from seeking and accepting one’s truth. My hope is that each of my clients are able to identify their own inner resources, strengths, and gifts by the time we complete our work together so that you can confidently continue your journey onward.
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? Currently offering telehealth sessions, open to in-person on occasion.
Am I taking on new clients? Yes!
How I’ve Kept Learning
- The paradox of trauma-informed care, Vicky Kelly – TEDxWilmington, 2/2022
- Anti-racism Training 3 Month Training, Dr. Nathalie Edmond, 3/2022
- It Didn’t Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle Mark Wolynn, 3/2022
- How to Write a 10-minute Treatment Plan – Barbara Griswold, LMFT, 3/202
- Anti-racism Training 3 Month Training, Dr. Nathalie Edmond, 4/2022
The Fun Stuff
Did you know…I love binge-watching tv shows with my fiancé (tell me what you’ve been watching lately!), hiking and spending time outdoors, and trying new restaurants (always open to suggestions)! I am also a certified yoga instructor and enjoy flowing when I can.
Any pets? Not a fur mamma yet but I am a fur auntie! My brother has a pit named Artimus (Art for short) and my sister has a black and white kitten named Uma.
How to Give me A Buzz
The best way to contact me is…by email at email@example.com. If you call via phone, please be sure to leave a VM.