“I believe that everyone is looking for a place where they can be their authentic selves without apology. A strong therapeutic relationship can be a safe space to foster that authenticity.”
What was your path to becoming a part of the wellness field? What inspired you to choose this profession?
I have always had a passion for hearing other people’s stories and learning the small details that make each of us unique. I had wanted to be a therapist since I was young and I fell more in love with the idea while studying at Williams College. I ultimately earned my graduate degree in Advanced Clinical Practice at Columbia University. While on my journey, the practice of yoga helped me find a balance between mind and body. This led me to Yoga to the People, where I completed my yoga instructor training. I am passionate about the wellness field and love finding creative ways to help clients live their best lives.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
Part of what makes my therapeutic style unique is the way I intentionally tailor it to each client’s experience. No matter the circumstances, people are often doing the best that they can with the resources that they have access to. I believe that everyone is looking for a place where they can be their authentic selves without apology. A strong therapeutic relationship can be a safe space to foster that authenticity. I practice from a trauma-informed perspective and racial equity lens, and understand that each client is an intersection of the various identities they are balancing (e.g. race, gender, sexuality, culture). In our first session together, we will discuss why you've decided to begin therapy and the areas of your life you would like to work on. From there, we will create a personalized plan for self-discovery and emotional healing.
What types of clients do you typically work with?
I have the honor of working with adults, adolescents, and couples who are seeking to address a range of issues, including but not limited to life transitions, anxiety, stress management, interpersonal conflicts, depression, and trauma. What all of my clients have in common is a desire to find balance in their everyday life. I partner with clients to increase their authentic self-expression and improve communication skills so that they can foster meaningful relationships with themselves and with others. I have specialized training in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing, which I combine with other modalities to help clients actualize a deeper sense of self-awareness. I seek to create an affirming, supportive space for people to explore their raw emotions without judgment.
If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?
Beginning and committing to therapy is a big step. Unfortunately, even after people have made the brave decision to seek therapy they are often met with barriers such as high costs or a lack of providers in their area. For people of color, there is often the added cultural stigma and increased difficulty of finding a provider that looks like them. Thankfully, public perceptions of therapy are changing for the better and more people are open to giving it a try. I offer therapy on a sliding scale in order to provide services to clients who may not otherwise be able to access them.
How does your training as a yoga instructor influence your therapeutic work with clients?
I approach my therapy clients and my private yoga clients with the same fundamental values of acceptance and non-judgment. You are the expert on your own experience. My aim is to guide you on your journey of self-awareness so that you can make your own informed decisions about your life. While therapy is a big step, it should be one part of a larger self-care practice. Together we can create a sustainable, holistic self-care plan that can radically shift the way you view yourself and the way you experience the world.
“Together we can create a sustainable, holistic self-care plan that can radically shift the way you view yourself and the way you experience the world.”
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