Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-focused, Strengths-based
My approach to therapy integrates interventions from various theoretical frameworks like Gestalt Theory, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Feminist Theory. I rely on my personal history to cultivate a safe, genuine, healing space for those on a wellness journey. I am a Black, Queer, Cis-gender counselor. Therefore, I utilize my intersectional identities to assist individuals and couples in skill-building to manage anxiety, interpersonal concerns, transitions, adjustments, and striving for self-actualization.
BA - Psychology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
MA – Clinical Mental Health, Trinity Washington University
Dancing was my escape from my adverse childhood experiences and adverse community environments, and upon graduating from college at UNC-Greensboro, I became a professional dancer in the DMV (DC, MD, VA). Movement, breath, and how toxic stress lives in the body were always within my awareness. Therefore, transitioning from dance to clinical mental health was a natural progression built on skills I'd already cultivated.
Outside work, I enjoy relaxing with my family, traveling, trying new foods, and dancing!
Snuggling with my dog Mango is a daily support activity for my mental and emotional well-being. I also enjoy writing letters to people, even if I never share the letter. It helps me untangle and understand my emotions.
The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah. It was a coming-of-age story unlike any other I had access to, that allowed me to read in a familiar voice.
DC's Playtime Project is an incredible organization that promotes childhood and encourages playtime. For children in DC and surrounding cities with families experiencing homelessness, play is not always the priority despite play being significant for cognitive, social, and emotional development.
To recharge, I typically make an extensive to-do list as a "brain dump" and then relax with family, friends, or my pup. Sometimes I turn on smooth jazz or other music, and dance.
I have a shih-tzu named Mango. She is a funny pup and you may see that in small moments during sessions!
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