Long before I embarked on my journey to higher education, I knew I had intentions to serve others. I’ll admit, I wasn’t positive on how I wanted to pursue that. I began my undergraduate career as a Radiology Sciences major and soon enough, my interests diminished. I began to find curiosity in courses such as abnormal psychology and developmental psychology. In 2016, I successfully completed my BS in Psychology with a minor in Medical Humanities from Virginia Commonwealth University. I went on to pursue and complete my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (2020) from Marymount University in Arlington, Va.
Previously, I have served as a speaker at various international conferences centering around suicide prevention education, intergenerational trauma as well as sociopolitical issues affecting marginalized populations. I currently serve as an active member of the American Counseling Association as well as the Chi Sigma Iota chapter. As a board certified counselor, I continue to receive clinical supervision from a licensed professional counselor in the state of Virginia. When I’m not working, I enjoy being an avid voyager, professional photographer and coffee connoisseur. I love spending time with my family and friends, near and far!
I view therapy as one of the greatest gifts one can give to themselves to promote healing, better communication skills, emotional regulation, growth and nurturing the inner self. I focus on areas such as transitional phases of life, maternal mental health, anxiety, depression, grief, individual and/or relational concerns. I hold a deep interest in trauma recovery and re-storying adverse experiences to promote greater levels of self-awareness. Additionally, my interests are relative but certainly not limited to intergenerational trauma, domestic violence, communal mental health and social justice.
As your therapist, I will not only aim to help uncover automatic thought processes but also learn to rewire them in healthier ways. Individuals may be in a loop of repeated and/or unproductive behaviors and thoughts contributing to feelings of overwhelm, anxiety or even sadness. We will collaborate on returning to a baseline of functioning, one that serves you best.
With five years of experience in the field, I am now in my second year of clinical residency. I aim to serve adolescents and adults in individual or group therapy. In the past, I have clinical experience working with children, adolescents and adults in various settings such as private practice and/or court-mandated psycho-educational groups. My experiences, whether personal or professional, continue to fuel my desire to serve others.
I utilize a range of therapeutic techniques and draw from various theoretical backgrounds such as Mindfulness Based CBT, DBT and Existential Therapy. I welcome all individuals regardless of gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, culture, race and lifestyle. My goal is to help facilitate a safe and warm environment that enhances the therapeutic environment and also promotes utmost healing.