I think all humans crave connection, and my dream is for individuals to find connection in various spaces where they can feel at home. My first goal is to assist you in feeling at home in the therapeutic space! Another goal is to assist you in connecting with, being in tune with, and practicing love for yourself. These practices can enhance our ability to connect effectively with others. And the best way that we can connect more with ourselves is to practice self-care -- really being present as we eat, as we move our bodies, as we write, as we sing, as we connect with nature, and as we breathe. So, there will be lots of discussions on self-love and self-care!
I am a Haitian and feminist psychologist. I chose to be a mental health professional because I value providing a safe space for individuals in which they can be themselves, and explore the complex nature of who they are presently and who they are becoming.
I obtained a doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) at University of La Verne, in California.
I love Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Buddhist Psychology. That means that we will explore lots of ways in which we can practice acceptance and commit to value-guided actions-- practicing acceptance around our thoughts, our feelings, our physical sensations, and still committing to, as the young kids say, living our best lives. For example, we can notice our difficult emotions in a kind/gentle/compassionate way. We can also notice that because of this difficult emotion, we're wanting to avoid/isolate (I'm looking at you, depression!). And, the challenge will be to still work on committing to engaging in what's important to us (e.g., going to see loved ones, working on an amazing presentation for school, doing some yoga moves, connecting to our purpose in this life). Acceptance and committed actions can be difficult things to practice, but mindfulness and self-compassion practices help wonderfully on that journey. Outside of ACT & Buddhist psychology, being a feminist psychologist means that I keep in mind individuals’ cultures, history, and the various obstacles they may face (e.g., racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia). All of these obstacles impact mental health. I was reminded recently that sometimes it doesn't make sense to give individuals diagnoses; it makes more sense to diagnose these oppressive systems that we live in. When experiencing oppression, it's so important to engage in healing and liberating work, which often entails individuals finding safe spaces in online and offline communities-- where they can be themselves, share their stories with others, share their dreams for a less oppressive future, remember their peers and ancestors who may have been taken away too soon, and share the music, writings, and arts they love.
Services & Rates
Individual therapy and ecotherapy -- $175-$200.
"Returning Home to Yourself" -- Support group to help with practicing self-care and committing to goals ($50/session).
"Developing a Friendship With Yourself" -- Support group to help with practicing self-compassion/self-kindness ($50/session).
I currently take Aetna, Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP), Fidelis Care, and Optum/UnitedHealthCare/Oxford.