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Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA
Supervised by Elysha Martinez, LMFT #93493
Self-esteem and confidence are very tricky and often stem from a complex system of beliefs and experiences. I am passionate about supporting my clients that struggle with low self-esteem and confidence in their healing process with the aim of stepping into their authentic, powerful, and wonderful selves. We lose our voice for so many reasons, but finding our voice can virtually change and revitalize our life. I believe that finding your voice is a part of freedom and liberation.
I am a mixed raced/Black person. Living in this body has come with lots of experiences connected to race. Unfortunately, I have experienced more than my fair share of racism in my life. However, I also have a White mother and have experienced some light-skinned privilege. In short, I am no stranger to exploring and processing racialized experiences. I am excited to work with people seeking to express and step into their full selves and welcome client of all racial backgrounds.
Anxiety and depression often go hand in hand, but not always. I have supported several clients' work on and bring healing to experiences that bring about anxiety. Anxiety is complex, and working through the cause can take time and support. To support my clients dealing with anxiety, I utilize a relational psychodynamic approach. In short, we explore some potential root causes of the experience while acknowledging and providing tools to better manage the present experience.
My therapeutic approach is psychodynamic. This means that I have studied and utilize psychodynamic theories to guide my practice. Many psychodynamic theories explore the impact of our past and our childhood experiences on our present experiences. I value and appreciate the theories I have studied as they not only help me conceptualize the mental health challenges we all face but also help me to explore and guide my interventions.
My therapeutic style in the room is relational. This means that I am very focused on the relationship between the client and the therapist. It is not wise to ask a client to share the most vulnerable elements of their life when there is a problem in the relationship, and it isn't safe. Many therapy approaches disregard the importance of the state of the relationship, and that is the opposite of how I work. When exploring deep experiences, we will be constantly checking in on how it feels.
Culture is a huge part of who we are and our identity. Culture and race are not the same thing. Exploring and honoring your culture is an important aspect of the healing journey. All of our families have stories and cultural experiences that have been passed on to us. I can't imagine a healing process where culture wasn't relevant. Culture isn't always at the center of my work, but it is never avoided and always welcome.