Cultural inquiry has been a focus of my life, personally and professionally. Growing up and throughout my life, I have been fortunate to have a very different family, one that gave me formative experiences with race, religion, gender, and sexuality, and although these experiences have taught me a great deal, most importantly they remind me to carry myself with humility. I speak Spanish fluently and Swahili reasonably well (though I provide treatment only in English.)
My undergraduate degrees were in Africana Studies and English, and I received a Masters in Social Work in 2005. I’ve been in human services in one form or another my entire adult life, including working with children and families as well as adults, in such settings as a school, jail, hospital, and in the community. I have experience treating issues such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and psychosis, as well as adjustments to major life transitions, parenting concerns, relationship issues, and trauma. Complex trauma is finally being recognized as a concern in many people’s lives, particularly for people of color, LGBTQIA+, and differently-abled.
Selecting a therapist can be tricky. I believe strongly that you can trust your gut in these decisions. If what you’ve seen here feels comfortable to you, you can request a consult here: LINK to Alma. After an initial consult we can either proceed with further sessions, or if either of us feels like it’s not a good match, I can help you find someone more suited to your needs.