“Therapy is a daunting and intimidating process, as we are allowing ourselves to be vulnerable to a stranger; I often joke that it is very similar to dating.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
When I was a young girl, I never thought that I would become a therapist. Quite frankly, I did not know how impactful and essential social workers were to the community. However, I quickly learned that mental health advocacy was my calling. Living in the Bronx, I was exposed to many different cultures, socioeconomic groups, and individuals and families dealing with complex traumas. Once I entered the world of child welfare, I noticed the need for more supportive services, psychoeducation, and socially restorative approaches that were missing in our community. Through my own personal life challenges, I realized the importance of a therapist and how it is possible to not only improve emotional wellbeing but also contribute to the growth of others. I am a compassionate and empathetic person who is the heart of my friends and family. I enjoy engaging in open communication, creating a safe space for clients, and seeing potential and growth.
What should someone know about working with you?
Therapy is a daunting and intimidating process, as we are allowing ourselves to be vulnerable to a stranger; I often joke that it is very similar to dating. Being a client myself, it is important that building rapport is as smooth and easy-going as possible. I believe that therapy provides insight, skill-building, and coping strategies through verbal communication. Sessions with me are similar to speaking with a friend. This is your session; once housekeeping is done, you will lead and I will offer support and facilitate the process. I embrace cognitive behavioral techniques and I do believe in homework assignments when needed to support reflection, implementation, and focus. As long as everyone is safe, we will work together to create the rules and structure, as therapy is a personal experience and cannot be one-size-fits-all. My goal is to help you find your voice, believe in your confidence, and become comfortable feeling what you need to feel without shame.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am currently a doctoral student with a dissertation focusing on neonatal bereavement and the need for social work techniques to help support women and families who have experienced infant loss. After the completion of my master's degree, it was important that I continued my education by obtaining a clinical focus and conducting research into a social issue that plagues our communities. Women's health, family stability, and restorative approaches are three core values that I wish to highlight and display in my professional work. I am continuing my training on grief and bereavement through my dissertation and also continuing training in evidence-based practices for mental health concerns. As social work is a dynamic field, I will continue to learn as much as possible through continuing education to support all those who cross my path, either professionally or personally.
“My goal is to help you find your voice, believe in your confidence, and become comfortable feeling what you need to feel without shame.”