A belief I like to honor is we all bring distinction into the spaces we enter. Each of our own distinctions not only can’t be replicated, but they also help us realign towards our most authentic selves. In that, my most important role in therapy is to help you re-align towards your most authentic self… unapologetically, forthcomingly, and truthfully. In the truths that we can uncover together, it is my hope that therapy becomes a safe base for you to find some solace from what may lie on the outside of sessions and/or perhaps the space where you feel challenged in a way that feels connective.
My current work, previous clinical and personal lived experience draws on values of abolition and how healing can be difficult to experience when we feel isolated especially when we don’t feel seen or heard by those in our lives; In the work of internal abolition, my sessions are a space to discuss how systems (family systems, sociopolitical systems, financial systems, etc) contribute to how you relate to their word, especially in occupying an identity that has been marginalized. From there, we can move together.. curiously and courageously. In this work, I draw on queer theory (empowering queerness not just as an identity but also as a way of how we build relationships to ourselves and others), family systems therapy, strengths-based approaches, and relational-cultural therapy as a means to navigate your experience. Ultimately, our sessions can be multi-dimensional, dynamic, and radical.
Along with my approaches, my lived experience, truths, and distinctions show up in sessions consistently. Namely, I show up as black, gay, and queer man, I show up as someone who’s had to work through religious abuse and navigate masculinity, and as someone someone who first-hand believes movement such as yoga, going to the gym, or other forms of physical movement can be just as or even more therapeutic and healing as talk therapy itself. With that being said, my hope is that every facet of your growth and change can honored in this space as means to acknowledge and works towards your human potential.
Master of Arts in Social Work
University of Chicago, expected 2024
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
College of Charleston , 2018
Introduction to Trauma Informed Practice
Introduction to LGBTQ-Informed Practice
Introduction to TGNC-Informed Practice