Hi, I’m Adrian! I am a Black queer cisgender womxn. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee and I am presently being supervised by a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I was born, raised, and currently reside in Southern California. My personal mantra is to “be the change I wish to see in the world,” and I knew my calling was intrinsically tied to becoming a psychotherapist. Prior to starting this work, as I came of age, I began to question my sexuality. I sought out therapy to help reconcile the cognitive dissonance I felt regarding my sexuality and Christian beliefs. However, I did not feel seen, understood, or supported by my therapist. This distressing experience nearly detoured me from entering this helping profession, but in the end, it inspired me to become the therapist I needed when I was younger.
It is my belief that therapists bear the responsibility to be culturally competent and sensitive. No client should ever have to explain their intersecting identities to their therapist. It is my aim to create a safe environment for my clients to heal and grow by integrating psycho-education and practical self-care strategies. I empower my clients by allowing them to dictate the pace of the therapeutic process. I do not take it lightly that clients are sharing the most vulnerable and sometimes shameful pieces of themselves and their life with me and I intend to honor and support them. Also, I recognize how difficult it can be to seek out help and verbalize trauma. I value my client’s trust and understand that it must be earned, not expected.
Ultimately, it is my mission to utilize my education and skillset to serve the LGBTQ community, young adults, and people of color as they work towards holistic wellness, the fulfillment of their academic and career goals, and evolving into their best self. I will do so drawing on my B.A. in Sociology, as well as my M.S. in Counseling Psychology with a concentration as a Professional Clinical Counselor and a certification in Interprofessional Education.