“I grew up in a somewhat emotionally unavailable environment and therefore my background enables me to connect to those who find it difficult to discuss their emotions or to even identify what they are feeling.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
During my childhood and early 20s, I experienced many adverse events and my life was going in a direction that was not sustainable. With mental health treatment, I was able to work through my previous traumas and return to school to finish my bachelor's degree. In my late twenties, I decided to become a therapist and I specifically chose to pursue a master's in social work due to the broad nature of the work and the social justice that is a part of the work. I have worked in schools, nonprofits, hospitals, and a NYS OMH Article 31 mental health clinic with a variety of people and diverse populations. I am experienced in DBT (dialectical behavior therapy), CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), motivational interviewing, and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT). I also incorporate mindfulness into my practice.
What should someone know about working with you?
Intake will take about an hour to complete. During this time, I will gather information about what brings you into therapy and what you want to work on. I will also obtain a full psychological, social, and medical history. I rarely assign homework but I can depending on the needs of the client. I enjoy working with people from all walks of life and I am an LGBTQ+-affirming therapist.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I engage in continuing education workshops, including courses on DBT and interpersonal psychotherapy.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I grew up in a somewhat emotionally unavailable environment and therefore my background enables me to connect to those who find it difficult to discuss their emotions or to even identify what they are feeling. Since I have spent time learning about other cultures, living abroad, travelling, and immersing myself in other cultures, I am aware that there is always more to learn. When it comes to another person's culture, I am there to learn from them.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited about telehealth, specifically the flexibility to meet clients where they are (literally!)
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
While in graduate school, I participated in researching mental health disparities among people in Ghana, Africa and the human rights abuse that occurred as a result of the cultural stigma associated with mental health.
“Since I have spent time learning about other cultures, living abroad, travelling, and immersing myself in other cultures, I am aware that there is always more to learn.”