Western Michigan University, Ph.D. (anticipated fall 2020)
DePaul University, M.Ed.
University of Iowa, B.A.
- Race/Ethnic, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity Development
- Acculturative and Assimilation Stress in Black African Students
- Social Justice
- Anxiety and Stress Management
- Humanizing Marginalized Identities via Socio-Political Understandings of Mental Health
- Decolonizing the Counseling Psychology Profession
- Couple Counseling
- Interpersonal Relationship Concerns
- Consultation and Outreach
Approach to Therapy:
I believe therapy exists to remind individuals of their resilience and their capacity to develop positive coping strategies to foster self-efficacy and self-worth. I employ therapeutic models that are meant to facilitate behavioral and attitudinal change (cognitive behavioral therapy—CBT) and actively conceptualize clients in the moment by observing their verbal and non-verbal communication in session (interpersonal therapy). As someone with marginalized identities, I find value in reflecting in the moment with clients by addressing potential barriers or other “noise” due to our visible and sometimes invisible identities that inevitably affect the relationship. This approach can be used to help clients learn about themselves and how other people perceive them in real time. Within these two approaches, I use a multicultural counseling framework to guide these traditional therapeutic models from a critical lens that meets the needs of marginalized communities (e.g., racial/ethnic and/or LGBTQ+ individuals).
Approach to Wellness:
I think individuals often struggle to collectively integrate all aspects of wellness (mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, etc.) to reach an optimal state of the human experience. I think the first step to wellness is being kind to self when an optimal state of existence cannot be achieved at any given moment. As a member of this experience, I remind myself daily that how I move through the world isn’t going to be perfect, but it is going to be meaningful in ways that humanize my existence that fosters self-love. On most days, you can catch me laughing. That is one of my favorite things to do.