“I believe that everyone has the ability to lead their own path no matter how many challenges or obstacles are thrown in their way and this strengths-based approach is a tenet in my therapy with individuals and couples.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Being a therapist is my second career and it has been the most rewarding and fulfilling path I’ve taken yet. My personal experiences with anxiety, parenting, and loss influence my ability to be empathic and understanding of challenges, while remaining a constant reminder of my own privileges. My work over the last 15 years has been primarily with dynamic communities and marginalized populations, including people of color, undocumented immigrants, and LGBTQ+ folks. I've previously worked at nonprofit health centers in New York City, providing reproductive and sexual education and counseling as well as initiating integrative wellness programs. I hold a MSW from NYU and an MPH from CUNY Hunter College. I completed an externship in emotionally focused couples therapy at the Ackerman Institute. In addition to running my own private practice, I currently provide individual and couples therapy at a community-based outpatient mental health clinic in Brooklyn.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe that everyone has the ability to lead their own path no matter how many challenges or obstacles are thrown in their way and this strengths-based approach is a tenet in my therapy with individuals and couples. Since you are starting a new intimate relationship with a complete stranger (me!), it is important to build trust and a good rapport that will carry on throughout our time together. I include space for exploring your whole identity as it intersects with your family history and environment while paying close attention to my own personal bias and privileges. From there, we work to uncover and explore patterns of thinking and behaviors, discover the purposes they serve, and identify ways to tolerate difficult emotions while strengthening coping skills. For couples, we work to repair unmet needs and create new positive cycles of interaction that reduce reactivity and distress. I enjoy collaborating with people of all backgrounds and being inquisitive and challenging when appropriate.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I believe continued learning is essential in order to evolve and grow as a person and contribute to the world around you. I am consistently engaging in additional trainings that strengthen my ability to work with others effectively and authentically. This also gives me a chance to reflect on my own struggles as a person and check how I can expand my framework and relational approach to therapy.
“I include space for exploring your whole identity as it intersects with your family history and environment while paying close attention to my own personal bias and privileges.”