“I believe we all have the power to create and sustain wellbeing in our lives.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist began early on in life. As a child, people’s unique stories, their respective strengths, and their resilience and post-traumatic growth fascinated me! My curiosity urged me to explore how internal and external forces influence the individual experience and how to help others live fulfilling lives. These interests drew me to pursue a career in social work, opening up the possibilities of helping others and building on people’s strengths. I completed a master’s degree in social work at Columbia University. After graduate school, I worked in a nonprofit agency supporting parents of children with special needs. Currently, I work as a clinical social worker, providing individual and group psychotherapy to first responders managing chronic post-traumatic stress disorder or other trauma-related disorders. Working in this context increases my understanding of trauma and the issues of self that emerge in the aftermath of catastrophic events.
What should someone know about working with you?
My focus as a psychotherapist is helping people explore what is getting in the way of living a fulfilling life, having meaningful relationships, and finding the freedom that comes with accepting and loving who they are. My goal is to help you identify, understand, manage, and proactively address issues related to your personal and professional wellbeing. I help you define what you want and then figure out how best to achieve it. I am active with you in this process and encourage you to actively participate in our therapeutic partnership by asking questions and providing feedback. Every individual has unique characteristics and preferences that make some therapeutic approaches a better fit than others. Our work together will be tailored to your needs, drawing from my training in diverse therapeutic modalities. I specialize in working with adults through a culturally-sensitive lens, emphasizing wellbeing, and engaging your strengths. I invite you to connect with me to begin your journey!
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My overall framework is from a strengths-based and culturally-sensitive perspective. Our identities (race, age, education, health, class, gender, and sexuality) shape many of our experiences. As a social worker, I am committed to embracing an anti-racist approach toward social justice and the dignity and worth of all people as core values in my practice. This means my practice is caring and respects individual differences, cultural backgrounds, and ethnic and racial diversity. I believe we all have the power to create and sustain wellbeing in our lives. There is a space for healing and connecting with oneself. Therapy can be a vehicle that supports us in transforming pain and elevating joy. My commitment is to work together to create a path toward wellness that builds from your well of cultural strengths and is personally tailored to how you view healing.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Telehealth provides increased accessibility to mental health services. I'm excited that people can incorporate therapy sessions into their lives through technology. Telehealth has decreased mental health stigma and opened up opportunities for wellbeing.
“a path toward wellness that builds from your well of cultural strengths and is personally tailored to how you view healing.”