“I guide each client as they explore and piece together aspects of their life to help increase self-awareness; I help them understand themselves and the root of the emotional pain that they have been feeling and dealing with.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I started working in a hospital setting, helping families and patients living with chronic illness at the Hospital for Special Surgery. I realized I loved working with families, teens, and young adults, so I began seeing clients at a mental health clinic in Sunnyside, Queens as well. It was extremely rewarding, especially because I grew up in the neighborhood. I worked with teens in high school and helped them transition into college while also helping couples and families cope with life changes and all the adjustments we have to make. Throughout my journey, I made incredible connections and I found myself at Make-A-Wish as the Regional Director of Medical Outreach. I met the most amazing families and helped them navigate a very scary journey. Together, we pushed through the most difficult times. There were many happy endings and celebrations. I now have a private practice in Astoria, Queens and I enjoy working with kids, families, teens, and young adults navigating life.
What should someone know about working with you?
I guide each client as they explore and piece together aspects of their life to help increase self-awareness; I help them understand themselves and the root of the emotional pain that they have been feeling and dealing with. The clients I work with discover their strengths as we collaborate together. In my practice, I take a client-centered approach: I am respectful and responsive to your preferences, needs, and values. I am sensitive to the particulars of your work and personal life. I am a culturally-aware provider as I care for your diverse needs. My client focus is Black and African American and Hispanic and Latino.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Some of the continuing education courses I participate in or I'm interesting in learning about include the following: Healing Racial Wounds: Dismantling Anti-Blackness in Social Work Education and Clinical Practice; Immigration, Racism, Pandemic: Policy and Practice Implications; Racial Disparities in Healthcare: Promoting Healthy Outcomes; Treating Adolescent Non-Suicidal Self-Injury; Anti-Racist Alternatives to Mandated Reporting & Reimagining Safety; and Cognitions Associated with Prolonged Grief Disorder. I have lived experiences and work through a lens of cultural humility. I am proud to share that I serve as a social work leader for the National Association of Social Work and serve as president of the board of directors.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I work through the core values of social work: Service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence. I honor my clients’ uniqueness and work collaboratively with them, supporting them and guiding them while empowering them.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I’m most excited about the research and support for individuals who are experiencing racial trauma. We must be able to name our feelings and sometimes one needs guidance and a safe space to do so. I provide that space for my clients.
“In my practice, I take a client-centered approach: I am respectful and responsive to your preferences, needs, and values.”