American Sign Language (ASL)
About American Sign Language (ASL)
American Sign Language (ASL) is the primary language of many who are deaf and hard of hearing, but is used by many hearing people as well. It is a complete and natural language that has the same linguistic properties as spoken languages, with grammar that differs from spoken English. ASL is expressed by movements of the hands and face.
Gallaudet University is the only known university providing specific education and training to individuals interested in working with the deaf and hear of hearing community. As a graduate, I’ve become a multiculturally competent clinical counselor with the ability to work with Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing clients of diverse backgrounds. I am skilled in providing culturally and linguistically affirmative services to Deaf individuals and their families through the use of ASL, signed English, and spoken English. I make sure to match my clients’ communication needs and preferences as I take into consideration how Deaf clients’ lives are shaped by their identity and experiences as a member of their cultural and linguistic background. I am mindful of the counseling relationship, as I am a hearing therapist, and want to ensure my clients’ comfort regarding our identity differences. My goal is to make therapy accessible to your cultural and communication needs as we work together to determine the best possible road to emotional and psychological well-being.
Areas of specialization include:
- Mental and emotional issues
- Deaf individuals of hearing parents
- Hearing individuals of Deaf parents
- Family communication differences
- Deaf identity
- Recipients of Cochlear Implants
- Pre-lingual and late-onset hearing loss
Counseling is a collaborative relationship – together we will help you move along the path to empowerment and self-awareness, while building on existing strengths to cope with life’s challenges in a safe, open, and non-judgmental environment. Through a holistic approach, we will emphasize the importance of the mind-body relationship and the overall effects that thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and our environment have on our life experiences. I can help you develop a deeper understanding and connection with yourself, stronger more fulfilling relationships with others, and overall life balance and satisfaction strengthened by positive mental and emotional health.