M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Doctoral Candidate, Counseling Psychology, Southern Illinois University
Multicultural concerns, Meaning in Life, Black existentialism, Positive Psychology
Approach to Therapy
In my approach to counseling, I draw from Existential theory as a foundation, while incorporating Afrocentric, Feminist principles to shape my conceptualizations. I intervene using a variety of techniques (e.g., Gestalt, Emotion-Focused, Interpersonal, skills-based) to help my client’s gain a more nuanced understanding of their relationship with themselves, their bodies, their social environments, and/or spiritual world and how various socio-historical, socio-cultural, and socio-political forces may be impacting their presenting concerns. I believe there is great value establishing a safe and affirming therapeutic relationship and space to identify, make sense of, and take action to work toward my client’s goals. Overall, I consider myself a “fellow traveler” and practice from a strength-based approach where I invite collaboration, courage, and trust in the process from those with whom I work.
Approach to Supervision
My supervision approach is grounded in establishing a strong working alliance that’s predicated on authenticity, collaboration, and trust in the supervisory relationship. I also feel it’s important to create a space for self-reflection on the person, clinician and the professional as a cultural being. I focus on increasing self-awareness and cultivating value in strengths and personal experiences as tools for the clinician to examine, grow, and use as a change agent.
Approach to Wellness
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family, connecting with nature, exercising, traveling, practicing meditation, gardening, trying new foods, and artistic expression.