About Me

I am proud to wear many hats and to have the experience of navigating this world as a Black man-first. Though I have enjoyed many privileges, none came without hard work and a wide support net. Wearing many hats (to include the crown that Mother Morehouse challenges her students to grow tall enough to wear), I cannot forget my humble beginnings- many of which I struggled through and still work with in my own work. I use my personal lived experiences, my subjective narrative, and balance it with an open mind and empathic heart for others which can be useful in your exploration of your own story. 

As a therapist, I believe you are at the center of your healing and I use the relationship we form as the primary tool for change. Often I try to balance mindfulness and relationship-based interventions with other evidence-based approaches (like CBT, DBT, and Motivational Interviewing) to treat chronic pain, trauma, substance use, and issues of identity and belonging. My research has centered on improving access to mental health and addressing help seeking attitudes-particularly for Black people and people of color.

You can find me on social media  as @drsockology across platforms. This nickname, "Dr. Socks," was birthed from my passion for psychology and socks. As an early career psychologist, colorful socks provided a lightness to the sometimes heaviness that can be an integral part of psychotherapy. 

Of all my passions- love, spirituality, mentoring, Black folks, male mental health, socks- helping people through difficulty nears the top of the list. This shows up in unique ways, though some stressors feel ubiquitous. COVID- for example- has left an impact that can been felt across socioeconomic status, racial/ethnic groups, jobs, age, and other identities. The world's seeming halt has birthed movements that will not soon be forgotten. The hope is for this momentum not to slow down as the spread of this deadly virus does. 

I was born in Newport News, VA but I've spent more than half my life away from Virginia. When asked "where is home?" I usually look confused as "home" has always felt like an idea more than a place. Some say "home is where the heart is." Can't say I disagree. 

Thanks for visiting. And again, Welcome!

Check out my latest publication in the Journal of Integrative and Complementary Medicine titled Diversifying Mindfulness: Reflections from Our Journeys Applying Mindfulness-Based Interventions in the Black Community