Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Using mindfulness and visualization, working with historically under presented and served communities or individuals from those communities, psycho education, demystifying mental health struggles, de-stigmatizing therapy, clinical training and supervision and sports psychology.
Fluent in spoken and written Spanish and English
Which Communities Represent Me
African Diaspora, Former First Generation Student
I grew up in East Palo Alto, a small city in the bay area right between San Francisco and San Jose. My community had historically been marganalized and seen as "the other side of town" and as a result I grew up greatly valuing the sense of community that was present with the understanding that it takes a village to raise a child. I had many caring adults that assisted and supported me to navigate life as an African American male, specifically overcoming the obstacles that I faced academically and professionally due to my skin color and ethnic background. Sports, prayer, music and poetry have always been my go-to ways to deal with and cope with the stresses of this life and I am someone who is consistently engaging in one or all of those activities. I was a first generation college student, and the first (alongside my twin brother) in our family to pursue a masters degree. I am excited about my new role at UC Davis and looking forward to supporting students in their journey. Prior to this position I spent 5 years in community mental health working with youth who were on gang probation and their families. I spent the last 6 months at the agency as a manager and supervisor for two programs where I got to continue providing therapy while also supervising two teams of 2 clinicians.
How I Work With Students
I take an eclectic approach to my work with students, primarily using a human centered approach with the belief that we are the experts of ourselves and at times need a safe, non judgmental and compassionate space to feel, think and process how our experiences have shaped us. I find it very important to keep an open mind to what a student may find healing and I am comfortable incorporating spiritual and religious ideals/beliefs and practices to the work that I do. As someone who identifies as an athlete I also enjoy creating spaces and opportunities for students to release the feelings and energy that they experience in their body.