Who is Dr. A?
Good question! It's important to me that you know who I am, both personally and professionally, because my experiences & expertise both inform how I provide services, connect with my community as well as determine what I find important to write about and how. If you've glanced over my Bio, I share my educational/professional background, but there is so much more to me! So without further ado, here are 5 (kinda) fast facts about me:
1. I am originally from New Jersey, where I grew up with my parents and two older siblings. My family is originally from the Caribbean (Guyana), which has given me a wealth of personal experience in navigating cultural differences within the family and socially. I enjoy working with clients/families who are first or second generation and struggling with adjustment to new environments or managing conflicting cultural expectations.
2. I come from a family of travelers, so it's always been in my bones to seek out different experiences by going different places. While traveling teaches me a ton about other people/cultures, it teaches me so much more about myself and how/who I am in the world. This has helped me to connect with clients from all walks of life with ease.
3. I opened Ascension Behavioral Health, LLC in kind of a haphazard way; and that was a blessing in disguise! I only had clinical training at the time and hadn't envisioned myself as a small business owner, but quickly had to learn how to operate a business. With the support of my local psychological community, colleagues turned friends & several mentors, I have been able to serve clients exactly how I want to and with the care and sensitivity that has always informed my work. My long-term clients have gracefully remained committed to their work with me through my learning curves, and for that, I thank you!
4. I have been in & out of being physically "active," since childhood; started with gymnastics & acrobatics (would not dare try any of this now!) when I was young and transitioned to failed at home workouts and irregular gym classes. I even joined an adult ballet class some years ago that I really enjoyed. I got into running in 2014 when looking to expand my social circle and learn more about Atlanta. At the time, I had no idea that I would fall for the sport as much as I have, and that it would be such a rewarding challenge for me. I slowly graduated to distance running and have learned quite a lot about myself physically and emotionally through taking on different running adventures--blog post on what I've learned coming later! And I've met suuuuuuuch amazing and inspiring people along the way; the coolest part of it all for me. You're likely to see me running somewhere in Atlanta on any given evening or weekend morning. Feel free to say hi!
5. I really enjoy when clients give me homework assignments! I recognize that in my office, I am considered the "expert," in the room, and might assign clients different tasks to help them reach their goals. But honestly, I can't tell you how many times clients have recommended that I check out an article, video, book, episode, etc. that's held some meaning for them, that's really helped our work, helped me to help other clients, and has helped me personally! I love being able to collaborate with my clients and share our knowledge with each other as part of our working relationship. Therapy is in no way one-sided (even if there is an imbalance), so using what we have together is always better and always appreciated.
There's much more I can share, of course, but I don't want to burn you good folks out too soon! Continue to check back for more Fast Fives (on a range of topics). Want a Fast Five on something you're interested in? Email me. Til then, - Dr. A