“Therapy will provide you with a new understanding of self that supports change for a more balanced and confident lifestyle.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist has been a life-long journey. I am a childhood trauma survivor in all capacities of the word but was never afforded the right tools to heal. Too many times, as people, we often fall through the cracks when we need help the most. My journey led to connecting with a college counselor who encouraged me to take a social work course, and after much rebuttal, I finally agreed — the rest is history. I share my story as evidence that your trauma does not define you and you can heal. I became a therapist to bridge the gap of inaccessible mental health services and break the stigma of mental health in our communities. I am currently the Enough is Enough Coordinator at New York Presbyterian Columbia's Domestic Violence and Other Violent Emergencies Program. In this role, I facilitate trauma-informed trainings at universities for staff, students, and faculty throughout NYC on prevention topics. I also take part in trauma-focused psychotherapy and advocacy. I hold adjunct professor positions at NYC colleges, teaching future generations of social workers!
What should someone know about working with you?
There is no "one size fits all” when it comes to providing treatment. I prioritize rapport building while creating, and maintaining, a safe space. My therapeutic techniques focus on empathy, compassion, and practicality. I utilize integrated trauma-informed treatment approaches that are both client and solution-focused to achieve the most effective change possible. Therapy will provide you with a new understanding of self that supports change for a more balanced and confident lifestyle. My goal is to help clients emerge from sessions feeling empowered and more self-aware.
"What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?”
First and foremost, I understand your hesitancy, as society has spent a lifetime stigmatizing mental health treatment. You no longer have to suffer in silence and/or feel weak outsourcing for help; on the contrary, there is strength and courage in being vulnerable and seeking support. Please be compassionate with yourself in this journey, as you would be with others. Affordability and accessibility can be barriers when starting this process, but don't get discouraged. There is a good fit for you out there and I strongly encourage you to not settle when searching for the right therapist! Congratulations on your courage in taking the first step in prioritizing yourself and your mental health!
“You no longer have to suffer in silence and/or feel weak outsourcing for help; on the contrary, there is strength and courage in being vulnerable and seeking support.”