As a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor working in private practice, I have expanded my focus from just children to children within the larger family unit. I love the phrase ‘family unit’ because to me, it gives you the ability to include grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and sometimes neighbors which is what a family can look like in New Orleans.
I love working with families of color because it gives me the opportunity to work with the population I feel most connected to. I want to be able to provide a place where families can work through anything that threatens the stability of the family unit. Whether it be relationships or through individual work, I want to help equip people with the coping skills needed to mend the pieces that are broken, and aid them in maintaining newfound stability.
Aside from my clinical experience, I myself am a product of a non-traditional family unit as a single mother raising my daughter. As a woman of color, I believe that is one of the most important credentials — knowing that a client and I can relate on some experiences. This allows me to be a little more comfortable with the idea of talking and sharing personal experiences which can sometimes be uncomfortable.
This is the place where I believe my passions come together, with the drive of my practice, drawing from both my personal and professional experiences to help women who may share some in common as single mothers; helping those children who don’t feel as if they have a voice as I did during childhood in a single parent home, or being the bridge that helps connect a parent/guardian and a child. These are the things that wake me up in the morning, and motivate me to help my clients.