I’m a Mixed Race (White American mother, Nigerian father) cis woman who uses she/her pronouns. Being Mixed has been the most important/salient part of my identity and I’ve done a lot of personal identity development work as a way to better understand myself and others. It has definitely helped me to better understand complex and fluid identities.
I have always taken a person-centered approach, trying to understand each of my clients within their family, community, and cultural contexts. I have developed a trauma specialty during my years as a professional. After receiving Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) training, I took a step further toward understanding complex trauma and dissociation by completing the Adaptive Internal Relational (AIR) Network Model training. This is a competency-based model that educates clients on the impact of trauma on the brain and body, while increasing a person’s capacity to understand and work cooperatively with all parts of themselves. It’s really fulfilling to assist clients in learning to respond to the outside world from their most present and resourced selves!
I have a calm presence and am a gifted listener. My office is filled with plants and art and things to play with, because I know that not all people receive and process information the same way. It’s important to me to create an atmosphere where people feel relaxed, comfortable, and heard.
I focus on individuals, ages 12 and up, and I generally refer couples and family therapy to other clinicians. I have a special interest in working with Mixed Race people, transracial adoptees, and others who cross cultures as a necessity. Though I do not hold an LGBTQ+ identity, I do my best to hold safe space for this community, especially QTPOC.