What do you specialize in?
I specialize in women’s issues such as life circumstances and oppression. I am also passionate
about racial identity formation and minority experiences. My roots in athletics lead me to
specialize in sports and athlete related issues. My other areas of interest include individuals
experiencing trauma in any form, including birth, childhood, religious, or complex trauma
experiences. I also enjoy supporting clients through life transitions, religious and spiritual
exploration, issues related to self-esteem and body image, and those who are on a path of grief
What can clients expect when they first come to therapy? How would you describe a typical session with you?
Initial sessions involve a “getting to know each other” process. Throughout the session you will
get to know more about me and vice versa. I find discussions related to cultural identity (race,
gender, sexuality, etc.) particularly important to getting to know each other better. Client-
counselor fit is of utmost importance to our work together so it is important that I am the best fit
for you. Initial sessions also involve discussions about your presenting problems and goal for
therapy. Continuing sessions typically involve a lot of talk therapy, exploration of emotions, and
hidden meanings. At times, I will assign homework, however, these assignments are not rigorous
in nature. As sessions go on further I will often ask what you would like to talk about during our
sessions. It is important that we process what is most relevant for you in each session.
What is your personal style as a therapist?
As a therapist I lean towards a direct approach to therapy. I believe in the importance of here and
now and what the client is experiencing in the moment. I like to focus on the feelings, emotions,
and meaning behind those emotions within the session. My approach to therapy involves going
deeper and exploring your authentic self. In my opinion, this is where the real work begins and
your personal growth will flourish.
How have you seen therapy benefit your clients?
Therapy is so beneficial for clients. By purely providing space for people to grow and
explore themselves, half the battle is won. I have seen clients grow tremendously just by
showing up and allowing time and space for themselves. I believe the therapy process allows
people to grow more into their authentic self. In whatever direction or manner this means for
you, this type of growth is essential for life fulfillment.
What do you think are the most important considerations when looking for a therapist?
One of the most important considerations when looking for a therapist is if they are the right fit
for you. It is essential to the therapy process that a client feels comfortable, confident, and at
peace with their decision for a therapist. Therapy is some of the hardest personal growth work
and if the client-counselor fit is not right for both parties this will hinder the amount of growth
What do you hope your clients walk away with?
It is important that my clients walk away with a sense of fulfillment and peace within their lives.
It is my hope that clients feel more connected with themselves and learn the tools to express
themselves in whatever that means for them. Overall, it is important that client’s feel a sense of
accomplishment and pride in the work that they have done within themselves.