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Counseling is more than just a profession; it’s a journey of understanding, healing, and growth. As counselors, we have the privilege of accompanying individuals on their paths toward self-discovery and transformation. Counseling isn’t just about techniques; it’s about connecting with humanity, one relationship at a time. Each person who enters this space is treated with the philosophy of creating a foundation that empowers the client. 


I strive to provide a caring, supportive space for people to heal emotional suffering and make changes in themselves and their relationships.



Here I recognize that the lack of equal justice is real, and unacceptable, and causes deep harm and lasting trauma for many individuals in the community.


As a mental health professional, I understand that trauma cannot be healed unless it is acknowledged and named. I know that real change is not achieved without discomfort and this begins with my acknowledgment of our country’s long history of racial injustice. 


I believe none of us are truly safe until we are all safe. Because I have been honored to hear many of your stories, know that I carry both your pain and hope. I believe that each of us wants (and deserves) to live in safety and peace. I truly wish that for each of you, and everyone. 



Community violence is a type of trauma that results from experiencing or witnessing chronic and sustained violence within a community. It encompasses events such as firearms violence and exposure to drug markets. This trauma can have lasting effects on individuals, impacting their health and well-being. Living with the fear of violence can lead to cumulative stress and emotional distress.

Trauma counseling plays a crucial role in helping individuals cope with the aftermath of community violence. Here are some key points related to community violence and trauma counseling:

  1. Understanding Community Violence:

    • Community violence includes acts of interpersonal violence committed in public areas by individuals who are not intimately related to the victim.

    • It can involve incidents like shootings, gang conflicts, and other violent encounters within neighborhoods.

  2. Consequences of Community Violence:

    • Exposure to community violence can lead to anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health issues.

    • Physical health may also be affected due to chronic stress and fear.

  3. Trauma-Informed Counseling:

    • Trauma-informed counseling focuses on understanding the impact of trauma and creating a safe and supportive environment for healing.

    • Therapists help individuals process their experiences, manage symptoms, and develop coping strategies.

  4. Interventions and Support:

    • Group-based interventions can provide a sense of community and shared experiences.

    • Techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) are commonly used.

  5. Community Resources:

    • Community organizations, mental health centers, and crisis hotlines offer support for trauma survivors.

    • Connecting with others who have experienced similar trauma can be beneficial.


Remember that addressing community violence and trauma requires a holistic approach involving mental health professionals, community leaders, and policymakers. To begin healing and building resilience, we must recognize the impact that violence has on those in our communities. With this in mind, my goal is to remain vigilant in giving back to the community I serve.

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