I provide therapy in an affirming, collaborative space to help you move toward more of what you want in your life and less of what you don't
Psychologist in Baltimore, MD
We are all coping with the challenge of caring for others during a global pandemic, along with issues of social and economic injustice that bombard us and our clients daily. As therapists, we have been groomed by family, society, and our profession to prioritize the needs of others. We've all heard (and repeated) the "self-care" mantra --caring for yourself is critical. Our therapy needs are unique. I have spent all of my career supporting and guiding therapists in academia and in practice.
Are you feeling the weight of oppression more acutely? Social media and globalization has connected us all, but has also exposed us to more vicarious trauma by witnessing the victimization of members of targeted groups, especially with the rise of nationalism, xenophobia, and the effects of capitalism, globally. We can work together together to sort though your thoughts and feelings, and decide what kinds of action you'd like to take (if any) to heal and honor your culture and yourself.
Are you drawn into the same kinds of patterns in relationships over and over? Do you give yourself away, with little left over for you? Do you find your relationships exciting at first, and then unfulfilling eventually? Do you find yourself in relationships with people who are abusive, narcissistic, addictive, or manipulative in some way? Do you like to have control, but wish someone else could take over for you? Do you feel hungry for love, but unsure how to get it? If so, please reach out.
I am an empathic and authentic therapist. My style is gentle, but direct, and I believe in providing unconditional positive regard to all of my clients. That is, you are worthy of respect and care as a human being, without judgment. My job is to support your process of self-exploration and helping you to challenge the different ways that your worthiness as a human as been constructed according to certain "conditions" -- like, feeling a need to be perfect or successful in order to feel worthy.
I have received supervision from IPT-trained therapists during my training. IPT suggests that we learn cyclical patterns from our early relationships; that is, how we relate to ourselves, how we relate to others, and strategies for how to "get" people to love and care for us. We internalize these and they become our "truth" for navigating our feelings about ourselves and our relationships. In IPT, we focus on the relationship we build in therapy to help us understand (and change) those patterns.
My training as a counseling psychologist is steeped in a holistic view of humanity: strengths-based, developmental, contextual, multiculturally-sensitive with a focus on social justice. I have taught many courses on on CST, but more importantly, I continue to engage in a personal ongoing practice of cultural self-exploration, including awareness of the privilege I hold. CST means that we can explore all aspects of your identity and the ways they influence and contextualize your experiences.