“Together, we will work to figure out what you want and need and navigate obstacles to improve your quality of life.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I’ve always had a deep interest in people, learning about their past and present and helping them navigate obstacles to reach goals. Before becoming a psychologist (my second career), I connected with others as a volunteer through organizations like Survivors International and Literacy Volunteers. Working one-on-one and supporting unique experiences while sharing universal truths inspired me to go back to graduate school. With the focus on helping people, I knew that I found a career that fit my passion and my skill set. I have had the opportunity to practice clinical psychology in diverse settings, supporting children, teens, and adults in English and Spanish. My pre/postdoctoral training was at Mills College in Oakland, CA and in pediatric psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente in Richmond, CA. Now back in New York, I have been working as a behavioral health coach for those with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and chronic kidney disease.
What should someone know about working with you?
People are diverse and complex, which is why I prefer an integrative approach to therapy designed to account for the fact that there is no standard, one-size-fits-all method. Together, we will work to figure out what you want and need and navigate obstacles to improve your quality of life.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
My commitment to learning is lifelong and I find that as I get older and our landscape changes, my interests evolve as well. In addition to my passion for psychology, I am interested in holistic care and serving the underserved. I am a certified chronic care professional (CCP), a certified mental health integrative medicine provider (CMHIMP), and a women’s coaching specialist (GGS-1). I am currently preparing for certification as a diabetes care and education specialist (CDCES). I am also looking forward to joining organizations such as Doctors Without Borders.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I was raised in a home and culture where social justice and equity were at the forefront. I chose a graduate school that focused on the same and I consider these issues part of my core values. As a psychologist, I am called to recognize the impact of systemic factors and structures on the individual and their interplay on wellbeing. Therefore, my focus is not solely on your individual experiences but also on the impact of discrimination, racism, sexism, ableism, heteronormativity, restriction of opportunities, and economic injustice.
“My focus is not solely on your individual experiences but also on the impact of discrimination, racism, sexism, ableism, heteronormativity, restriction of opportunities, and economic injustice.”