Theoretically speaking, I primarily utilize cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT. The primary reason for this is that CBT is an EBP or evidence-based practice. EBP’s have shown through years of research a high percentage of effectiveness. CBT’s basic premise is that our thoughts (cognitions) affect our feelings, resulting in actions that often impact or impair our ability to function normally. In other words, it means that the way we think affects how we feel about things and leads to our actions. CBT focuses on helping individuals learn strategies to cope, reframe, and challenge negative thinking patterns. To learn more about CBT and how it can help, click here.
“Life doesn’t make any sense without interdependence. We need each other, and the sooner we learn that, the better for us all.”
However, I also understand that EBP’s are often centered on specific populations and do not often represent BIPOC or LGBTQ+ experiences. My overall approach incorporates a cultural lens to support clients seeking help with identity and other culture-based concerns (family, racism, sexuality, and religious trauma). As a mental health professional of color, I am committed to including much-needed conversations on the impact of racism and oppressive systems on BIPOC and LGBTQ folx.
As a pro-sex practitioner, I also work with individuals experiencing sexually-related concerns such as sexual trauma, sexual identity, sex, and intimacy exploration. I am passionate about working with individuals who want to explore sexuality, fantasy, and intimacy. My primary focus is to create a safe space to talk about sex, which is often still seen as a taboo subject. My hope is that through this explorative process, individuals will feel empowered and have the intimacy or sex they want.
I am also currently training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing or EMDR and will be providing this modality as an option for my clients as well.