"I work to empower clients in their truth."
I am a licensed clinical social worker and my professional experience includes providing therapy for adults, couples and adolescents. I am a graduate from Spelman College where I received my Bachelor's in Psychology, and I went on to receive a Master's Degree in Social Work at the University of Chicago.
I have experience in providing individual, couples, and group psychotherapy services largely to minorities, LGBTQ individuals, adults, and at risk youth dealing with mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression. While this list is not all-inclusive, I also have extensive experience dealing with substance abuse/recovery, harm reduction, trauma, and chronic illnesses.
My counseling philosophy is diverse in that I utilize the most appropriate therapeutic approach for your specific personal needs. Though I incorporate evidence based practice, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and other treatments into therapy; my primary treatment model is cognitive behavioral therapy. I am client centered in my work, and hope you will allow me to help you find your place of strength.
It is important that therapy occur at a frequency that feels comfortable. This allows for change that is achievable and meaningful.
What is Psychotherapy?
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than a quarter of American adults experience depression, anxiety or another mental disorder in any given year. Others need help coping with a serious illness, losing weight or stopping smoking. Still others struggle to cope with relationship troubles, job loss, the death of a loved one, stress, substance abuse or other issues.
A licensed mental health professional can help you work through such problems. Through psychotherapy, licensed professionals help people of all ages live happier, healthier and more productive lives.
Most psychotherapy is based on communication between the therapist and the individual, and is so much more than just talking about problems. Friends and family can provide advice and make us feel better, but they do not provide psychotherapy. Psychotherapy is a professional relationship between a therapist and a client that is based on therapeutic principles, structure and technique. The relationship between a therapist and a client is strictly professional, and built with a focus on confidentiality. It exists only and solely for the purpose of helping the client.
Therapists are trained to understand what you say, whether it be interpersonal, nonverbal, written, and/or verbal communication. Having experience with clients from various backgrounds with various needs, therapists can understand your particular problems.
If you have questions about the process or would like to know more, feel free to contact me by phone or email.
American psychological association. (n.d.). Retrieved April 17, 2016, from http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/understanding-psychotherapy.aspx
Psychcentral. (n.d.). Retrieved April 17, 2016, from http://psychcentral.com/lib/what-is-psychotherapy/