Therapeutic Style: I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and therefore always use a systemic and relational lens in my clinical work and supervision with staff. I am grounded in Internal Family Systems, Contextual and Bowen Theories and also formally trained in the Functional Family Therapy Model. I believe that culture and other contextual factors impact everyone’s experiences, and therefore they should always be considered in the therapy room and in the therapeutic relationship between therapist and student.
Professional Interests: I am particularly interested in mental health utilization and access in the Black community and take pride in being a mental health resource for that community in my private practice. I am passionate about serving underserved communities and being an advocate for marginalized populations. I am a clinical member and approved supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and in that role have been able to be a clinical intern supervisor for a number of students within Syracuse University’s Marriage and Family Therapy program. I enjoy participating in clinical development and education to support clinicians in the human services field.
Group and Liaison Roles: I currently co-facilitate the Undergraduate Students of Color Therapy Group as well as the Gender and Sexuality Affirmative Therapy Group.
Educational Background: I am originally from Fresno, California. From there, I moved to Atlanta, Georgia, to attend Spelman College, an Ivy League Historically Black College and University (HBCU). After graduating from Spelman with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, I earned a master’s in marriage and family therapy from Syracuse University. Following graduation, I was immediately employed at the Salvation Army and served there for a total of 13 years in a number of roles, including ten years of leadership and program management. I am excited and honored to now be employed as the assistant director of counseling within the Barnes Center at The Arch.