A Supportive Hug in a Group Session

My Approach

Is there something limiting your ability to live, love, laugh or becoming who you were meant to be? Talking to someone about your concerns may be helpful. As a nurse for over 20 years, I have often noted that the source of many of the physical complaints noted for ER visits (i.e., chest pain, abdominal pain, and headaches) were related to emotional distress, anxiety, grieving processes, and depression. No matter the age. By being authentic, empathetic, and taking the time to listen, I was able to help clients identify a major source of their "dis-ease." Engaging in a therapeutic conversation helped them and can help you too.

 

My research foci include the effects of prejudice, discrimination and racism on adolescent mental health outcomes using social determinants of health framework to understand health and educational disparities. My hope is that this combination of foci will help me to further understand racism and racial discrimination as socio-environmental factors as determinants of poor health, and interrelationships among other complex variables that impact the mental health outcome and needs of Black adolescents. I

anticipate that my research will help nurses, other health care providers, policymakers, and educators, to become more aware of current health practices, systems, and policies, which help to create and maintain the disparities that exist among racial and ethnic minority groups, such as stereotypes, discrimination, and racial biases that effect adolescent mental health.

I have an innate passion for helping others become the most authentic version of themselves, even in the midst of adversity. With children and adolescents, I focus primarily on prevention by facilitating the development of a healthy sense of themselves. I have a special interest in depression, anxiety, ADHD, minority issues and pharmacogenetic testing.

We all have had experiences in life which can bring out the best in us, and the less desired parts of us. If you are interested in continuing to discover who you are and who you are meant to be, it would be an honor to assist you on that journey.