My clients are adults (mostly from the Black diaspora) who are looking to address trauma, anxiety and depression within the context of third culture/immigrant experiences; family of origin challenges and sexual trauma. More specifically my clinical focus is in helping clients:
understanding and addressing the cognitive, behavioral and emotional (psychological) impact of immigrant experiences on adults;
understanding and addressing the psychological impact family of origin dynamics, beliefs and systems have on the individual. This includes examining early life complex trauma within the context of family;
and developing structure and skills to reduce or eliminate behaviors that are dangerous or are preventing self-growth and healthy functioning.
I work from ethnic, racial and cultural identity development theories, and Attachment Theory, existentialism, dialectical behavior and cognitive behavioral interventions to help patients dealing with behavioral addictions, relational difficulties, complex trauma and personality disorders. Further, I incorporate polyvagal theory which draws the autonomic nervous system directly into therapy and helps clients re-pattern their nervous systems, build abilities and capacities for regulation to create autonomic pathways of safety and connection.
Overall my clients learn: to set and maintain personal and family boundaries, safely break patterns of triangulation, self-regulate and gain a sense of greater control over emotions related to cultural adaptation; identify and address not being "from" or belonging "to" anywhere; new behavioral responses to the grief/loss that comes with transitions; to navigate different expectations for autonomy between parents and adult children; resolve or heal emotional abuse, neglect and domestic violence. In working with people with family of origin and first- and second generation immigrant experiences, we work to heal--through radical acceptance, acceptance of limitations and more--the psychological wound of what did not happen and the needs that went unmet.
Together we explore, identify and implement more adaptive patterns by enhancing emotion regulation, increasing the ability to identify triggers, enhancing the ability to manage and tolerate distressing thought, behaviors, sensations and emotions, increasing the ability to engage in safe social connection and increasing adaptive (fear/fight/flight/freeze )response.
My warm, engaging and energetic personality, authentic and insightful questioning, and reflective listening provide a conducive environment for introspective conversation, mutual listening and resolution.
A graduate of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology's Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I'm credentialed by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists as a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) to apply counseling principles and methods in the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and management of psychological, emotional and mental disorders and patterns that cause distress and adversely affect functioning under the supervision.
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