“People are like mines of gold and silver” ~ A Prophetic Tradition
Every human being has intrinsic wealth beyond measure deep inside of them no matter the challenge they are faced with. In order to access a person’s inherent self worth, embarking on an inward journey is necessary. Being honest with ourselves in the process is what allows us to go deeper and deeper towards our truest potentials as human beings, and to arrive at the gold and silver that was always there.
My approach to therapy involves focusing on therapeutic rapport through empathic practices of listening and being present with you where you are at. The relationship that is formed from these two aspects is the basis for healing and determines the successful outcome of any modality to be used thereafter. I also utilize poetry, odes, music, and aphorisms to guide interventions when appropriate and upon client willingness.
Prior to working at Therapy Today, I practiced as a Psychotherapist and School Social Worker for a faith based clinic and public school in Chicago where I saw patients ranging from children and adolescents to married couples and parents. I worked with a wide variety of diverse populations and ethnicities that still inform my cultural competencies with current clients. I served leadership roles in community based participatory research projects and community facilitation on topics like elder care, developing a loving community, and practicing empathic resiliency with parents and their children. I have also worked as a virtual health coach for over three years, working with clients with eating disorders, thought distortions, and challenges with self worth and self perceptions.
As a result of my extensive clientele, I have experience with presenting problems like depression, anxiety, grief, loss, family conflicts, marital conflicts, cultural conflicts relating to identity, spirituality and religious incompatibility, and self centeredness.