"Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage.
Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness."
Something that I have been known for is my courage to be vulnerable, authentic and real. I am always looking for ways to heal, grow and be a better person. Basically, I do the work. I am not afraid to go to the dark places and dig deep.
As I was on this healing journey and sharing my growth in public way via social media and my spiritual memoir that I self-published in 2016, I heard a call. First it was quiet, but then it started to rage inside of me to where it could no longer be denied. In order to be true to myself and this calling I decided to go back to school and get my Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I knew I wanted and needed to help others.
I never saw myself going back to school, my old lack mentality and fear kept me from pursuing it. But in 2013 I began to do the work spiritually and mentally in ways that I never had before. I found wonderful spiritual leaders and teachers. I practiced self-care by going to therapy and Alanon meetings every week. I read every self-help book I could get my hands on. I became a certified Yoga and Meditation teacher. I was resilient and transformed. Playing small and telling myself that I wasn't worthy wasn't who I was anymore.
My favorite quote of all time is by Marianne Williamson, "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us most. " I am not scared. I am powerful.
2020 has been a remarkable year. It has tested me, pushed me and help me to grow. Through the work of my MFT program and since the death of George Floyd, a fire ignited in me. I knew what type of therapist I needed to be and who I wanted to serve. I am an ally. I am an anti-racist. I am an advocate for diverse groups and communities. I will always be learning and doing what I can to get better and to improve social justice and tolerance. I am a culturally competent MFT trainee.
My plan is to focus on children who have suffered trauma as well as adults who have experienced childhood trauma. I also plan to get my certification in EMDR and LGBTQ Counseling.
I am so excited for the future as a Marriage and Family Therapist. I know I will help people. I can not wait!