“In my clinical practice, I use motivational interviewing, trauma-informed therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, somatic therapy, supportive therapy, music therapy, art therapy, and play therapy.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have been a social worker for most of my adult life with the intention of working toward social justice and equality. In my journey, I have found that these ideals can be achieved by not only working with communities but by also working with individuals, couples, and families. I strongly believe helping one person helps us all and that has led me to become a licensed clinical social worker and a therapist in private practice.
What should someone know about working with you?
In my clinical practice, I use motivational interviewing, trauma-informed therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, somatic therapy, supportive therapy, music therapy, art therapy, and play therapy. I am very open, honest, and forthcoming and will go where my clients want to go in our weekly sessions. I believe in informed consent and value educating my clients on various techniques and methods to ensure they feel comfortable and safe in the therapeutic space. In short, I follow my client’s lead in what they want to accomplish so that they may heal.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am currently studying to become a credentialed alcoholism and substance abuse counselor (CASAC). I am currently enrolled in the Postgraduate Certificate Program for Advanced Clinical Practice at New York University. I plan to obtain a PhD in social justice and/or social welfare along with a law degree in the future. I am currently studying Spanish at Queens College at the City University of New York and taking online classes at Gallaudet University for American Sign Language. Lastly, I take various courses each year to strengthen and sharpen my clinical skills.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
As I stated in my bio, I practice with the priorities of intersectionality, antiracism, and feminism. I use these values in my approach to therapy with others and I work diligently to acknowledge my privilege and learn from my clients how and what they need to heal.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am very interested in and excited about working with others through telehealth. It has given me the opportunity to meet and work with people from backgrounds and with experiences vastly different from mine. I believe this has improved my practice and sharpened my clinical skills. I look to expand my practice to states across the country thanks to telehealth. I believe that I grow as a person when working with so many extraordinary people.
“I am very open, honest, and forthcoming and will go where my clients want to go in our weekly sessions.”