My Approach to Helping
I utilize an eclectic and holistic approach to treatment and my therapeutic style is more person-centered and progressive. I value individual differences in the people and work collaboratively with them in finding effective resolutions to what brought them to therapy. I utilize evidence-based therapeutic interventions and incorporate Solution-focused therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral therapy and family systems and Adlerian perspectives, to name a few.
I am a Bilingual therapist, providing services in English or Shona. I gauge individual success through an overall improvement in outlook, better mental and physical health, more cohesive relationships, ability to engage in everyday activities without feeling drained. While I do not provide a projected end date for therapy (because this is a process and everyone is different), I do not believe that everyone needs to be in therapy for years on end. Some people benefit from brief therapy while others need more extensive interventions in order to reach their goals.
More Info About My Practice
My practice is located in Dallas and in a very convenient and accessible location. I foster growth and my approach is strength-based and nurturing in my practice. I value being honest with my those I work with and ensuring that they make informed decisions. I believe it is important to have balance and that has shaped my approach to therapy.
My educational background has prepared me to work with a diverse population with different needs. My Educational and Training Background includes a Bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Family and Child Studies, Masters degree in Counseling Psychology, Masters degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and a Certificate at Graduate level in Substance Abuse Counseling. I chose these concentrations to better address aspects of the human condition from both an occupational/ work and personal life perspective. I view individual challenges from a broader perspective in order to tailor the therapeutic experience specific to the individual unique needs for the best care possible. If there are issues that are beyond my scope of practice, I believe it is essential for me to provide referrals to specialists or other professionals.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Mainstream media and society have not done the field of psychology or the perception of therapy much justice. Many people are under the misconception that going to therapy or having a therapist means 'you are weak' or 'flawed' or 'crazy'. My perspective regarding mental health has been shaped through curiosity about the human mind and what really makes us behave the way we do. We are social beings and naturally, many fear judgment and being labeled and this can make a lot of people apprehensive about the therapeutic process without experiencing it for themselves.
My philosophy and approach to therapy is based on ensuring that those who seek help understand that what some might perceive as weakness is actually strength. How many people are brave enough to face the most challenging aspects of their lives and work through them? Most people suffer in silence because of fear of judgment from family, friends or society.
The process of change is challenging and can be uncomfortable because you are working on changing a situation, behavior or belief system that is both familiar and yet dissatisfying and causing distress. I believe that people who make the decision and actually begin therapy are stronger than they really think or know. While I understand the fear of being vulnerable with a stranger, it is important to refocus on what is most important to you at this time in your life. The therapeutic relationship is one of collaboration and genuine concern. What is important to you is important to your therapist. Sometimes it takes an outsider's perspective to help us see the bigger picture for what it is. Let's look at it this way: You may be so focused on the 'tree' without realizing that the 'tree' is blocking your view of the 'bigger picture', that is, the beauty of the forest.
While family and friends can be a great asset when it comes to having a support system, it is often difficult for them to always give you the objective guidance that will change certain aspects of your life because of your close relationship. The therapeutic alliance is a different relationship dynamic in that the therapist works with you through listening and seeing your perspective fully without any bias due to past history. A genuine therapist is honest and does not promise to 'fix' you. Only YOU can fix you by doing the work in therapy. The difference is that you won't have to do this alone, but with the unconditional support of your therapist. That might sound cliche but many of those I've worked with have come to that realization. That begins with being honest with yourself and working on facing your challenges head-on with professional assistance. With the right guidance and work you put in, you will be surprised how you've had many of the answers you've been seeking but so much in life had blurred your vision.
It takes patience, determination and consistency to start living a healthier and more stable life. We all need help from someone at some point in our lives. In the same way you would go to the doctor if you felt physically ill, you go to therapy to figure out what is preventing you from being emotionally healthy and at your best.