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Identity and Self Esteem
Existential and Faith Concerns
General Anxiety and Depression
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Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
I am a 5th-year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Wheaton College Graduate School, where I also earned my M.A. in Clinical Psychology and am in the process of earning my M.A. in Systematic Theology. Over the past several years, I have been privileged to train at a clinic offering both a partial-hospitalization program and outpatient therapy, at a college counseling center, and at a university counseling center. With these experiences I have become skilled in treating a wide range of clinical presentations.
Long ago, I recognized that helping to bear someone else’s difficulties is one of the most meaningful things one human can do for another. As a lover of stories, I have found that the most potent ones often lie buried beneath layers of pain, guilt, and shame, where they influence the way we think, feel, and relate to others. Paradoxically, healing often begins by telling the very stories that bring the pain. The telling of these stories, those unique shards of life that influence who we are, is no easy task. I have trained to facilitate a healing relationship within a safe space where this task is made a little easier.
Recreationally, I enjoy playing racquetball, ping pong, chess, and spending time with friends and family. Of course, my favorite thing to do is recline in a comfortable chair with a good book in hand, a hot cup of strong coffee, and a great view of the mountains.
I work well with adolescents, adults, and couples. As an African American myself, I understand that the intersection of culture, ethnicity, gender, faith, and sexuality- just to name a few identities- can play an immense role in understanding oneself and one’s place in the world.
I specialize in various forms of anxiety and depression, relational difficulties, grief, and personal growth. I also enjoy working with existential concerns, such as meaninglessness, isolation, and fear of death. Concerns pertaining to race, faith, gender, sexuality, etc. are also encouraged. I believe that presence, reflection, and empathy are the core skills that make therapy so powerful. Above all, I believe that an accepting and non-judgmental relationship are the most valuable intervention for any client.
What I’m like as a therapist:
Before pursuing my doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology, I would often be told how attentive, friendly, authentic, and easy to open up to I am. I now use these traits to cultivate a safe space for people to share their most sensitive and painful experiences. I believe that meaning-making is one of the most powerful tools in the human psyche and, when used positively, can foster purpose, fulfillment, agency, and hope. Alternatively, it can also foster identity crises, anxiety, loneliness, and depression. From a more technical standpoint, I provide therapy from an existential-humanistic and third-wave behavioral approach, most frequently integrating such modalities as Existential therapy and Acceptance and Commitment therapy.
In the room, this looks like helping clients understand themselves by exploring how their experiences have shaped them, by examining what they already believe about themselves and others, by helping them to organize their internal world, and by highlighting where they do and don’t have control. I place a premium on the idea that the client is an expert on their life. Yet being human is hard work, so I also emphasize that it takes courage to be vulnerable and that the human person has dignity in every aspect of life, especially suffering. My role is as confidante, witness, and companion, where I offer an extra pair of eyes to help make explicit what appears hidden.