My Approach to Helping
I am a Fellow at IntraSpectrum, where my intentional about creating a safe, honest and nurturing environment that encourages the use of humor and curiosity in your journey towards healing. I am passionate about helping individuals find their voice by recognizing that one’s softness and tenderness is a valuable strength–not a weakness. I believe that in order to understand people, we must also be aware of the systems they reside within and how they impact an individual’s access to resources and, overall, mental health. Because of this, I seek to hold space especially for BIPOC individuals who find it difficult to explore vulnerability with someone who hasn’t experienced otherness, oppression, and trauma unique to persons of color.
I draw from a relational-cultural approach, believing that connectedness and connections to others are the gateways to growth and healing. Through a power-with dynamic, I work with clients to break cycles of trans-generational trauma in order to create new paths, traditions, and coping strategies that make sense for them and their truth(s). Believing that our past selves deserve grace, just as much as our present and future selves, I aim to assist clients in navigating the unexpected and negative feelings that oftentimes come up during one’s mental health journey.
Before joining IntraSpectrum, I completed my BA in Psychology at Greenville University, with a minor in Sociology. I recently graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where I earned my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. In my previous clinical experience as an Intern at Urban Balance, I worked with clients coping with body image concerns, trauma, griefloss, men’s issues, guilt and shame, (racial) identity development, and navigating oppressive systems. Outside of therapy, I enjoy spoiling my pitbull rescue, classic & modern anime series, and discovering new music with retronostalgic undertones.