I am a psychotherapist and school counselor focusing on work with children, teens, and adults of color. My passions include supporting those of marginalized populations using cultural specific strategies and techniques. There seems to have always been a negative stigma surrounding therapy or seeking therapy. In my community and relative to other similar cultures, the negative perceptions still makes some people hesitant to try it out. My goal is to help dismantle this stigma so people of all cultures and race can find representation and benefits towards therapy.
My pronouns are she, her, and hers. I am a cisgender Black woman who also identifies as Ethiopian American. I was born in Khartoum, Sudan during the Ethiopian war. Shortly after, my family and I immigrated to Portland, Oregon. I’ve traveled quite a bit but Portland still remains home to me. I studied Psychology at Portland State University for my undergraduate. After a few years working in my community, I sought out my Master’s in Counselor Education from California University of Pennsylvania.
I hold a Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Counseling certificate from Cal U of PA and I am also a National Board Certified Counselor. Since moving back to Portland, I’ve held my teaching license and have been an elementary school counselor as well as a clinical mental health therapist.
Authenticity, empathy, and congruence are paramount in my work with people. I’ve been a healer and supporter all my life – I find it rewarding helping people feel independent and worthy of taking charge of their freedom. There are multiple, if not infinite, layers and intersectionalities in one’s life. My role is to help individuals examine, reflect, and explore those layers as this is essentially part of the healing journey. Counseling is a deep therapeutic relationship with the healing and the supporter. As your supporter, I promise to guide you in making realizations and choices that only you are in charge of.
I believe we have a natural desire to heal and the ability to build resilience. My goal as your counselor is to provide support as you garner skills to face difficult roadblocks that might otherwise seem too overwhelming to tackle or unconsciously hidden. Some of these obstacles can cause stress, anxiety, anger, depression, shame, insecurities, and conflicts with relationships. I strongly believe that each individual can reveal their own past to create their better future, essentially to move toward putting their mental health first and thrive.
As your counselor, I use specific styles and techniques to help you create a path of wellness. Depending on your needs, my methods may include person-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, reality therapy, existential, and emotion-focused techniques. I also use culturally relevant techniques to cater to those of black, indigenous, and ethnic decent.