As a therapist, I am warm, empathetic, grounded, and patient. I utilize active listening to understand and identify client’s needs. I use these skills in conjunction with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and strength perspective approaches to help individuals analyze and recognize one’s distortions in thinking that are creating problems.
Nevertheless, I believe that symptoms such as anxiety, depression, dissatisfaction in relationships, and feeling “lost” are cues to investigate what is truly happening within us, and attend to it. I believe that feelings of empowerment enable individuals to obtain power, authority, and influence over themselves, institutions or society. I have experience working with adults and young adults from various communities and across the spectrum of gender and sexuality, and I am committed to ongoing learning from my clients about the truth of their own lived experience.
Being a first-generation immigrant woman from West Africa, and overcoming various internal and external barriers ranging from assimilation to acculturation in New York City have taught me the value of resilience as it relates to conflict of gender, religion, family structures and identity crisis in society. Having obtained a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Fordham University, I learned the value of empowerment, advocacy and social justice. These values manifest in my personal life and in my commitment to build a healthy therapeutic alliance for all.
As you choose to embark on this therapeutic journey, my goal is to provide an open and safe space for growth, learning and healing leading to everlasting transformational change.