Patrice uses a variety of treatment modalities to address issues ranging from depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, posttraumatic stress disorder, hoarding, sexual and physical trauma, substance and alcohol dependence and relationship issues. She has also done extensive work with members of the LGBTQ community, providing individual and couples therapy. As a couples’ therapist, she explores their challenges with negative stereotypes and how it affects their relationships as well as other aspects of their lives. Patrice also examines couples’ negative interactional cycle and processes how contempt, criticism, defensiveness and stonewalling impact couples’ ability to communicate effectively. Couples’ fears about being vulnerable and how it leads to disconnect is also explored.
Patrice has over twelve years of experience conducting individual, family and couples therapy. Subsequent to completing Graduate school, Patrice worked in Florida for four years, conducting individual and family therapy in middle schools. In 2007, Patrice became a Certified Functional Family Therapist, conducting home based family therapy with at risk youths and their families.
In 2010, Patrice made the decision to relocate to Maryland and became the Clinical Supervisor of a Functional Family Therapy program in Baltimore. She also worked part-time as a psychotherapist at a Mental Health Agency in the District, working with adults diagnosed with co-occurring disorders.
In her spare time, Patrice likes cooking, exercising and going to the movies. She is an avid tennis and soccer fan and loves to experience different cultures through food. She believes that it is important to maintain balance in her life and therefore strives to set boundaries between her professional and personal life.
As a postmodern psychotherapist, Patrice views each therapy session as an opportunity to join in each client’s reality. She believes that her role is to help clients understand the function of their behaviors and to help explore unexpressed thoughts and feelings. Metaphors and analogies are used to represent client’s daily struggles. Patrice believes that it is vital to help clients process how the dominant discourse of society helps to make them stuck. She thinks that only by empowering clients to identify their own strengths will they be able to reconstruct or recreate their own stories. It is important that clients understand their triggers and Patrice facilitates this process. She feels that once clients become motivated to understand the meaning behind their symptoms, then their willingness to use coping skills will increase.