I knew that I wanted to be a therapist when friends would come to me for advice, and it seemed to make a difference, even if they just needed a listening ear. I realized that if I expanded my knowledge and training, I could help people more significantly. I felt drawn to normalizing therapy and its importance, especially in the BIPOC community.
I view being a Philadelphia therapist as the passenger in a car in charge of the GPS, guiding clients to emotions, thoughts, and actions beneficial to their well-being. I practice active listening to help determine what therapy methods will be most effective for my clients. The client is in the driver’s seat, though, and ultimately determines the therapy method. So I listen and work to understand the words and emotions that you share so that together we can develop a treatment plan that fits you.
I work closely with children and adolescents, families, and couples who have experienced trauma. I have found Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Strengths-Based Therapy to be highly effective in general. In addition, I incorporate techniques such as mindfulness meditation, art therapy, cognitive restructuring, and journaling to treat clients who have experienced trauma.
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University. I am currently at New York University working toward my Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. My experience as a behavioral health worker at a Philadelphia elementary school has prepared me for working with clients who may have difficulties verbalizing or identifying feelings. Along with my internship here at The Better You Institute, I work with foster and kinship parents providing a range of resources to support placement stability and permanency and ensure ongoing compliance with home certification standards.
Schedule of Availability
Monday: 3-8p; in-office or virtual
Wednesday: 9a-3p; in-office or virtual
Thursday: 3-8p; in-office or virtual