My approach is strength-based meaning, I learn about my clients’ strengths and positive attributes, then guide my clients in applying their strengths in areas of their lives where they are struggling. What sets me apart from other therapists is I use more than just the skills I’ve learned from school to help you. As a spiritual and personable person, I get to know YOU and listen to what my intuition tells me about you and your situation to help free you from areas where you are stuck or feel blocked from reaching your personal goals or gaining happiness. I bring warmth and humor to our work and strive to make my clients feel safe and valued.
During our time together, you will learn skills and techniques that you can continue to apply in your life well after our time has been spent. You can look at it as a lifetime investment to yourself. My areas of expertise include working with people who…
• struggle with low self-esteem
• have co-occurring disorders (substance dependency and mental/emotional problems)
• are stuck in unhappy or unhealthy relationships
• are depressed or chronically sad
• are anxious and afraid
• have co-dependent behaviors
• have experienced a difficult childhood
• have experienced a traumatic situation
• are children/teens with school or behavior issues
I hold academic degrees from California State University, East Bay (M.S., Counseling, emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy) and University of California, Davis (B.A., Psychology and minor in Spanish). I have 20 years of experience in a broad array of settings, including contracting as the Medical Director of Options for Recovery, community mental health, non-profit agencies, inpatient and outpatient addiction recovery programs, public and non-public schools, private practice, group homes and formal training.
I consider myself culturally competent and have been part of a multicultural women’s organization as well as have studied abroad in Spain while pursuing my education at UC Davis. I am a member of AAMHP (African American Mental Health Providers) and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. I also enjoy giving back to my community and supporting organizations and causes, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Sacramento, NAMI, St. John’s Program for Real Change, Volunteers of America, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Black Girls Run! and Black Girls Do Bike.
In an effort to use our time wisely, you can review and complete these forms prior to our initial meeting. You may print them out or fill them in on your computer. Please send them to me or bring them to your first session.