As a Haitian woman and visual artist, I use my lived experiences to inform my work. I am devoted to making the world a more beautiful place through my advocacy, connection to others, and art.
I have never quite fit in, but I have felt at home in the presence of difference. There were no archetypes for biculturalism in my immediate environment. Therefore, I independently explored my intersectionality, igniting my curiosity about the diverse experiences of others. Anytime I meet someone new, I always wonder to myself “how did they come to be the person I see before me?”
My curiosity has led me many places. My passion in life is to integrate personal identity, empirical research, and evidence-based practices to target suffering in diverse clients.
I obtained my Master of Science and Doctorate from Saint Louis University with a specialization in trauma. During my generalist training, I worked/learned in a variety of settings (e.g., college counseling centers, VA Medical Centers, primary care clinics, and community mental health) with a diverse array of clients. I also have specialized training in neuropsychological assessment, and I pioneered diversity initiatives and engaged in ongoing trainings.
I completed my pre-doctoral internship and her post-doctoral fellowship at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. I worked in clinical health (e.g., infectious disease, sleep management, chronic pain), trauma, integrated/primary care, and women’s mental health. I also focused on leadership, quality improvement projects, and program development.
My academic research focused on the mental health consequences of race-based trauma for people of color. I have also developed interventions and curriculum that allow BIPOC folks, clinicians, and organizations combat racial trauma and promote healing.
I have presented my racial trauma work at international conferences.
I completed a graduate school specialization in trauma, which means that I have conducted research on PTSD (and trauma-related disorders) and completed courses addressing trauma across the lifespan. I have worked extensively with clients experiencing PTSD following intimate partner violence, sexual trauma, combat exposure, and other life threatening events.
I currently work with the National Center for PTSD and complete psychological evaluations to help people understand their trauma. I also provide lectures to impacted communities coping with trauma.
As a member of the community, I take pride in offering comprehensive and thoughtful care to folks along the spectrum of gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.
I provide gender and queer-affirming care focused on embodiment and healing. I am also a trainer who creates workshops about LGBTQIA+ affirming and intersectional care for BIPOC folks, which I have provided to 100s of clinicians.
Women and Gender-Specific Issues
I have developed a specialty in working with cisgender and transgender women as well as non-binary individuals. I completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the San Francisco VA Medical Center focused on Evidence-Based Psychotherapy with a special focus on Women’s Mental Health. Our Women’s Clinic also housed the Trans Clinic.
I received training about the unique health issues that women and those along the spectrum of gender identity face and helped my clients work through issues like postpartum depression. I also developed group curriculum focused on empowering women with serious mental illness through art and creative expression.
I am developing a sub-specialty in working with journalists who are exposed to occupational chronic stress and trauma.
I have a strong appreciation for the role of journalism in society, and consider it a privilege to work with news professionals. I have received training from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University on the professional culture and occupational challenges of journalists.
I have also received training from the Freedom of the Press Foundation on best practices for digital security when using telehealth technology.
What I Offer
Services that improve the lives of those most marginalized by oppressive systems.
This is a place of healing, understanding, and forward movement toward the person you want to be with me as a guide. I have expertise in the treatment of mood, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders. I have a background working with a variety of presenting concerns that center around interpersonal relationships, living according to one’s values, and weathering a life transition successfully.
Trainings and Consultation
With almost a decade of clinical, research, and teaching experience, I provide guidance to organizations and individuals. I use humor, role plays, interactive guides, and engaging presentations to teach anti-racist, LGBTQ+ affirmative, and trauma-informed skills.