I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), and Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP) of Christian faith who specializes in providing culturally relevant and responsive psychotherapy services to African-American individuals, couples, and families. Through my studies in the Marriage and Family Therapy African-American Family Studies graduate program at Pacific Oaks College School of Cultural and Family Psychology, I learned about emerging theories of historical trauma and how to address African-American mental health issues from a culturally relevant, multi-generational, community, and strengths-based perspective. I also explored mental health theory and practice from a deeply culture-centered perspective and learned about the vital role African-American mental health professionals play in African-American mental health treatment, social justice, and client advocacy; therefore, I am very comfortable and knowledgeable in addressing multicultural and social justice issues such as racism, discrimination, power, privilege, and oppression.
I also specialize in treating first responders (i.e., law enforcement officers, firefighters, doctors, nurses, paramedics, EMTs, etc.). Having been employed as both a correctional officer and deputy sheriff with the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department, I have first-hand experience of the first responder culture, which is characteristically resistant to discussing mental health or seeking treatment for it. Moreover, one of my motivations for becoming a mental health professional after I medically retired from the Department in 1998 was to help to break down the barriers between first responders and mental health treatment.
I consider myself a lifelong learner who continues to educate myself on new developments within the mental health field so that I can best service my clients. I am warm, empathetic, supportive, and dedicated to helping my clients work through their trauma and/or other presenting problems.