I am a licensed psychologist and also hold a Master’s Degree in Social Work. This related, but diverse background helps me to not only look at the individual, but to also take a person’s environment, family of origin and social/financial context into consideration. Therapeutically, my goal is to create a warm, kind and safe environment where my clients can achieve balance. I endeavor to make the journey valuable and enjoyable, even when it’s uncomfortable. My education and experience have allowed me to work with clients experiencing difficulties in transitioning from high school, college/graduate school or a career, relationship issues, issues of identity (ethnic, sexual and professional), sexual abuse, obtaining and maintaining greater independence from parents or spouse, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, social fears, addiction, diversity, divorce, parenting, communication skills, spirituality, health & fitness and self development.
Areas I am particularly passionate about are: relationship issues, multiracial heritage, restructuring roles within the family and college/graduate school issues. My therapeutic style is to be real, present and communicative. I believe in a healthy balance of meeting clients where they are and in gently, firmly challenging. My theoretical orientation incorporates Cognitive Behavioral theory, Interpersonal theory, Family Systems, Psychodynamic and Reality therapies. My approach is to use a variety of techniques, including those that help identify the impact of past experiences on current behaviors; improve ineffective coping methods; and develop positive communications skills to foster healthier interactions with others.
Additionally, I conduct psychological evaluations and present on topics of domestic violence, marriage, family and relationship issues, diversity, parenting and choosing between obtaining a MSW, Psy.D or Ph.D. I have taught at the graduate level at Clark Atlanta University’s School of Social Work and Widener University’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology.
I received my Doctorate of Psychology from Widener University, Masters of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Sociology from Spelman College. I am the founder of Psychology Noir, a minority student support group, at Widener University and a member of the American Psychological Association (APA).
I believe therapy is a wonderful addition to most everyone’s life, as it helps us get to know ourselves better, address hang-ups, make healthier and more authentic decisions and position ourselves overall, to be in better relationships and life circumstances.
I look forward to working with you!
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