“My training and research experiences have focused on the prevalence of co-occurring mood and medical conditions because, as we now know, “the body keeps the score.””
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
The field of psychology has always been a fascination of mine since childhood. It took very little time for me to learn that our past experiences can have a lasting imprint on us, particularly if they are traumatic and we actively defend against them. Since my undergraduate academic career, I have extensively studied the effects of adverse life events and the sequelae associated with unaddressed mental health needs. I obtained my doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Derner School of Psychology and currently work as a staff psychologist at a level one trauma hospital in The Bronx. My training and research experiences have focused on the prevalence of co-occurring mood and medical conditions because, as we now know, “the body keeps the score.” I utilize an integrative approach that incorporates psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral techniques in order to help clients achieve appreciable gains in therapy.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am predominately trained as a psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapist, so a detailed inquiry reviewing the client’s psychosocial history will be conducted in our first meeting. In our first session, I am attentive to the client's specific treatment goals and active in my communication of what entails individual or couples therapy. Providing a sense of psychological safety is of utmost importance to me, so the discussion of fit will take place and clients will learn that our relationship will also be examined and monitored as we move along in the therapeutic process.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
As a BIPOC clinician, I continuously strengthen my clinical skills by obtaining evidence-based interventions that are inclusive of culturally and linguistically-diverse populations. My clinical expertise also concerns itself with the behavioral needs of LGBTQIA populations and I have completed certifications issued by the Fenway Institute, Boston’s Children’s Hospital, and NYC Health + Hospitals.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I received my bachelor of arts degree from the City College of New York - CUNY University where I majored in psychology and researched the underlying mechanisms of post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use disorders. My doctoral research at Adelphi University centered around the intersection of comorbid medical and psychiatric presentations among underserved racial and ethnic minorities. As a scientist-practitioner, I conceptualize my clients via a biopsychosocial-spiritual model and am intentional in addressing psychological wellness comprehensively.
“I utilize an integrative approach that incorporates psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral techniques in order to help clients achieve appreciable gains in therapy.”