I’m a Black woman wanting to help you navigate the inner and outer world we’ve found ourselves in.
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in Woodbury, MN
Supervised by Dr. Kimberly Swison-Stafford, PhD, LMFT
I exist and operate as a Black Woman in America, and I work with clients that share in that experience of systemic re-traumatization, and deep rooted identity work. I recognize in my work the many aspects of culture that contribute to our mental health, like familial and cultural norms, existing in predominantly white spaces, and managing micro aggressions in work, school, and recreational spaces. I focus heavily on not utilizing only a framework of resilience to trauma, but of providing empathy
I have experience identifying attachment styles and histories with clients among their family units, as well as how they manifest in interpersonal relationships.
I have lots of experience treating and identifying anxiety, and coping skills in my clients. I believe that so much of a client’s understating of their anxiety relies on knowledge of the self and of their environment, and that once we understand that together, we can build the necessary toolbox to manage and often minimize anxiety.
I mainly use ACT principles in my therapy. I do this because I believe that therapy should not be only about changing and rejecting the people we are when we enter. Rather, therapy is a place we can learn to stop avoiding, denying, and struggling with our inner emotions and, instead, accept that these deeper feelings are appropriate responses to certain traumas and experiences in our lives that should not prevent us from moving forward in life. I use radical empathy in every session.
I specialize in CBT and use it’s practices to focus the client on the ways in which they are informing their behaviors with a set of beliefs they are both aware and unaware of. I recognize how in my clients, their perceptions and interpretations of the world and themselves are what often drive the behaviors they wish to change, and believe that by identifying and challenging these cognitions, we can begin to heal.
I focus my work in the person centered orientation by putting the client in the drivers seat of their treatment. I believe that my job as the therapist is to compassionately and empathetically facilitate the client’s own self- discovery and solution processing. I believe that returning a client to the center of their life is integral to healing themselves. I want to be a really good mirror for my clients to take a good look at themselves with.