Becoming a Relationship Therapist
As an immigrant from a small, war-torn country in West Africa, I have been interested in understanding how to improve human behavior and interaction since I was a young girl. I have dedicated my life’s work to service, whether it’s service in various human service nonprofits or service in the United States Navy. I have learned thus far that we are at are best when anchored in strong, healthy relationships. I decided to become a Marriage and Family Therapist because the most impactful service I can provide is helping others build and strengthen their relationships.
Life brings us many challenges and people can be harmful to each other when stressors are high. It is in our most vulnerable relationships that we grow, discover, and heal ourselves and each other
Counseling Style and Strengths
My counseling style is to provide warm, collaborative, and person/couple centered therapy. I believe that we all have an inner strength that help us tackle the most difficult obstacles. My approach is to help bring awareness to those strengths and empower individuals and couples to face their difficulties and break through their barriers. I honor the diversity each person and help each person become more of an expert in their lives and relationships. My goal is to no longer be needed by my clients.
Professional Counseling Background
I have over 15 years of experience working in various human service settings, including in nonprofit, higher education, substance use recovery, military, and children/youth settings. I have extensive clinical skills and training providing in-person and telehealth psychotherapy to individuals, families, and couples. My skills also include developing treatment plans, conducting high risk and psychosocial assessments, mental health diagnosing, and substance use counseling.
Professional Therapist Credentials and Training
- Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy
- Gottman Method Therapy
- Family Systems Therapy
- Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
- Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Member of American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
- Member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT)