“Each person should define who they are and how they want others to see them while loving and accepting themselves.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Prior to earning my master’s in social work from Fordham University, I worked in college settings to build community and help students succeed in and out of the classroom. I then worked with formerly homeless persons and families in a housing setting, assisting residents through any aspect of their life they chose. Throughout my career, I have identified as an ally to disenfranchised populations.
What should someone know about working with you?
I work from a person-centered approach and will tailor treatment to the individual. I am willing to work on concrete goals for more long-term emotional growth. Progress will change as we go through life. Sometimes, it is just getting out of bed in the morning; other times, it’s landing your dream job or finding the ability to say “I love you” to a partner. I want you to find the strength to be comfortable with yourself.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I have always loved to learn. I am a member of a training institute and participate in training monthly. These past few years have been difficult for a lot of people and therapists need to keep up with studies on how people are coping and ways to assist. I also want to learn more to support people in a range of topics, including sex positivity, self-image, and death and dying.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Every person has value and interacts with the world in positive, negative, and benign ways. On a larger scale, I am passionate about equity, equality, social justice, civil rights, and sex positivity. Each person should define who they are and how they want others to see them while loving and accepting themselves. It’s my responsibility to help them on that journey in a safe and supportive environment.
“It’s my responsibility to help them on that journey in a safe and supportive environment.”