I’m a cis gendered woman who uses she/her pronouns, and I’m Mixed Race (White American mother of Scandinavian descent, Nigerian father). Being Biracial has been the most important/salient part of my identity and I chose to focus on Mixed Race identity development for many college papers and my thesis as a way to better understand myself and others. It has definitely helped me to understand fluid identities.
I graduated from the clinical counseling program at Adler in 2012, and have always taken a person-centered approach. I have developed a trauma specialty during my years as a professional. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). In addition, I have been trained and receive regular consultation in the Adaptive Internal Relational (AIR) Network Model for Complex Trauma and Dissociation. This is a competency-based model that educates people on the neurology of trauma and its impact on the brain and body, and increases a person’s capacity to understand and work cooperatively with all parts of themselves in order to respond to the outside world from their most present and resourced selves.
My therapeutic work history includes African American Family Services and Pangea Care, and it has been my joy and honor to work in culturally responsive, diverse settings. I completed a fellowship at Reclaim in 2015 and continue to be involved with the People of Color Cohort at that agency. I also participated in part of the Transgender Cultural Competency training through The Family Partnership.
I see adolescents (generally 12+), adults, couples, and families.