“I encourage clients to look inside and identify and experience somatically expressed emotions between sessions and to practice self-care and mindfulness activities.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My family was involved with and greatly helped by social services and community mental health providers when I was young. My relationships with social workers and therapists in high school inspired me to pursue social work as a way to give back and to help others heal and thrive. I received my master's in social work from NYU and lived in New York City for 20 years where I worked in community mental health agencies and outpatient psychiatric hospitals in Harlem and the Bronx. I worked as the Director of Behavioral Health and Clinical Services at the New York Society for the Deaf during and after the events of 9/11/2001. I had the honor of working with first responders, families, and community members in the years that followed, which led to the first ever FEMA crisis counseling program for the deaf. This experience fueled an interest in trauma work; once I was introduced to EMDR as a modality, I never looked back!
What should someone know about working with you?
I have an online portal where you can complete information and sign consents. I like to use assessment tools at the beginning of treatment to look for symptoms of anxiety, depression, and dissociation. I encourage clients to look inside and identify and experience somatically expressed emotions between sessions and to practice self-care and mindfulness activities. I like to meet weekly with clients at the beginning of treatment and my goal is to transition to less frequent sessions once there is initial relief and progress.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I have always been a curious and nonjudgmental person, which leads me to naturally ask lots of questions to get to the root of who you are as a client. I have worked with people from many marginalized and misunderstood communities and I strive to make every type of individual feel safe and comfortable in my presence. I value my time and yours and try to find interventions that will provide the best benefit in the least amount of time.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
As someone who loved the energy and chemistry of in-office sessions, I'm amazed at how well my somatic and psychodynamic interventions have worked in the online world and am excited about becoming a primarily online therapist post-pandemic. I am also excited and encouraged by the emerging field of psychedelics in therapy. I am trained and experienced in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, which can be a helpful complement to the trauma work I do.
“I have worked with people from many marginalized and misunderstood communities and I strive to make every type of individual feel safe and comfortable in my presence.”