“I value spending time to learn about the winding roads of my clients’ stories, from their victories to their difficulties, and uncovering moments of strength and resilience within their personal journeys.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As an early musician and music therapist, I have consistently been drawn to the art of helping others connect to their inner voice. As I transitioned into my career as a clinical psychologist and professor, I have continued to build upon these values with each of my clients as we collaboratively approach obstacles through an introspective and social justice framework. While completing my doctoral work at Columbia University and doing the majority of my clinical practice within hospital settings, I was able to gain understanding of the human experience and solidify my passion for the mental health field.
My work addresses issues and symptoms including but not limited to depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, social stressors, life transitions, and multicultural/bicultural processes. I additionally have specialized training in the treatment of trauma, veteran’s issues, eating disorders, and body image difficulties.
What should someone know about working with you?
I value spending time to learn about the winding roads of my clients’ stories, from their victories to their difficulties, and uncovering moments of strength and resilience within their personal journeys. My clients would say that I build genuine connections with them and meet them as they are while also making sure to push them in the direction of their goals. I want my clients to feel freedom and relief within the therapeutic space while also experiencing a level of vitality as we collaboratively work to gain insight into who they are today. My intake process focuses on getting to know my clients through discussion about their identities and their personal history, developing therapeutic goals for our work together, and creating a plan to approach these areas.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Given my focus on multiculturalism and social justice work within my personal and professional life, I am very excited to see the mental health field growing and developing with the understanding of the need for this competency among all psychological providers. I continue to produce academic research around numerous multicultural topics, including microaggressive experiences of racial minority populations and mental health stigma within the veteran population. I additionally run multicultural workshops around identity and inclusion, covering topics such as race-based trauma, racial disparities within COVID-19, and discussions of gender, gender fluidity, and cultural gender norms. It is clear that this is a true passion for me and I am excited to be part of the evolving conversation and evolution of multiculturalism within the mental health field.
“My clients would say that I build genuine connections with them and meet them as they are while also making sure to push them in the direction of their goals.”