As the daughter of parents who emigrated from the Caribbean to the US, I have a lifetime of experience navigating issues of cultural difference, transition and identity. These experiences, coupled with a brief exposure to psychology in high school led to my interest in the formal study of behavior patterns across people and cultures; more specifically--creating opportunities for wellness in historically underserved communities.
I pursued Bachelor of Arts degrees in both psychology and African American studies and geared my education towards work in multicultural settings. I received my doctoral degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Chicago campus) in 2011 after completing my pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship training at Emory University's Counseling and Psychological Services and Faculty Staff Assistance Program.
I opened Ascension Behavioral Health, LLC in 2012 with the hope of making meaningful therapy more accessible and less stigmatized. Trained in a practitioner-scholar model, I use a careful, direct and collaborative approach in my work with clients--focusing on nuances that we have been taught to ignore and invalidate, to help clients uncover the most important parts of their being that may have gotten lost over time. I am personable and honest; traits that clients have steadily gravitated towards for over 10 years; traits through which clients have felt seen and valued.
I am a Co-Founder of Not So Strong, a mental health platform curated for black women to strengthen their sense of self and connection to others through use of vulnerable storytelling. I am very engaged in the Atlanta community at large and can oftentimes be found supporting local and national initiatives focused on growth, improved health outcomes and amplifying voices that tend to go unheard.