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I am an LPC Candidate from the University of St. Thomas. My interests in psychotherapy stem from mindfulness practices that include meditation, breathing practices and yoga. My hope, as a therapist, is to use Eastern medicinal practices combined with Western psychotherapeutic approaches, such as psychoanalysis, existential therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy to incite change and help individuals find balance in their lives.
Along with my graduate school training, I work as a yoga instructor for several studios both virtual and in-person. In addition, I have received a trauma-informed certification that allows me to teach with the Prison Yoga Project and other groups that support marginalized populations. The skills I’ve acquired from a trauma-based education allow me to instruct in an inclusive manner and offer a safe space for practitioners to explore their bodies without fear or judgement.
Similarly, I use trauma-based approaches, mindfulness practices and, now, coursework in group therapy to co-facilitate a collective care group for Black people. Meetings occur once a month and focus on body-based practices like yoga as well as relaxation practices to calm the central nervous system. Additionally, we make space for discussion that revolves around Irvin Yalom’s methodology for group therapy – mainly, tuning into the internal experience in the here-and-now, as well as examining feelings within the group and analyzing how those feelings might impact behavior in everyday life.
I believe that everyone can benefit from mindfulness practices, and I think these techniques can offer a good first step before committing to actionable change. To hold oneself accountable to their own wellbeing, one must believe that they can change, first and foremost. That belief comes from the cognitive process, which we can tune into using mindfulness techniques.
B A C K G R O U N D
I have been living in Minneapolis for the last 5 years. My undergraduate education was completed at Drake University in Des Moines, IA. I am originally from Philadelphia, PA, but have lived in several cities that have given me an appreciation for new surroundings. My time in between my undergraduate schooling and graduate training was spent in marketing roles that awakened my interest in cognitive processes and relationships. I was determined to pursue my interest in human nature, which has led me to my current path as an aspiring therapist.