“My goal as a therapist is to help you explore, experience, and process emotions in a safe and nurturing space.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
I had my first session with a therapist at age 15 and found the experience to be life-changing. A therapeutic relationship is unlike any other; a time and space devoted to being seen, heard, and understood. Understanding how the past influences the present and learning to take control of our present is an amazing power to harness, and is exactly what psychotherapy can offer. I realized that I wanted to provide that same support and care for others. As a woman of color growing up in New York City, I have been drawn to understanding how the intersectionality of race, sex, culture, class, and socio-economic status affect individuals and groups. I now integrate insight-oriented and systemic-relational approaches to conceptualize and understand my client's experience.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
My goal as a therapist is to help you explore, experience, and process emotions in a safe and nurturing space. In addition to my foundation in holistic, cognitive behavioral, relational, and psychodynamic therapies, I incorporate dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, harm reduction, and mind-body connectedness. I utilize an eclectic personalized treatment approach based on individual needs. I will work collaboratively with you to ensure you feel safe, comfortable, and understood. In our first session, we will discuss what brings you to therapy, what issues or parts of your life you would like to work on, and how our work together can bring about positive change. In my practice, I encourage clients to investigate thought and behavioral patterns, engage in mindful and meditative exercises, and explore ways of knowing that access the unconscious.
What kinds of clients do you work with?
I specialize in and have experience supporting adults and adolescents struggling with a wide range of issues, including mood disorders like depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety, low self-esteem, childhood and adult trauma, PTSD, anger, family conflicts, relationship issues, creative blocks, life transitions, and grief. I am LGBTQ affirming and support clients who want to discuss sexuality and gender concerns, as well as clients of all ethnic, cultural, and immigrant backgrounds. I have often worked with clients who feel they are “not good enough” and have difficulty feeling like they fit in, as well as clients who feel empty, stuck, or lost, or who are experiencing unhealthy ways of thinking. We will work collaboratively to determine what your individual needs and goals are.
How does collaboration with other providers play into your work?
Collaboration with other providers can be essential for treatment. If a client consents to disclosure, working with other providers such as a psychiatrist, physician, or outpatient treatment program can result in a multidisciplinary team to support a client in their healing process. When working together, we may be able to come up with new or better treatment solutions. Understanding a client holistically allows providers to better understand, evaluate, and support them.
What do you think is the biggest barrier today for people seeking care?
The biggest barrier for people seeking care regarding mental health is stigma. Understanding that mental illness can affect people from all walks of life is essential to eliminating the belief that people who experience emotional symptoms are “weak” or “damaged.” People from every background can experience intense emotions, relationship challenges, and reactions to traumas. I do believe that, slowly, mental health stigma is melting away with increased awareness and advocacy, which is beautiful to watch and be part of. Being human is difficult, no matter where you come from. In the society we live in, it is hard to navigate family, friends, career, finances, school, romance, sexuality, and everything in between on our own. To seek help takes courage and resilience; you deserve to feel in control, fulfilled, and more joyful.
“A therapeutic relationship is unlike any other; a time and space devoted to being seen, heard, and understood.”
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