I have lived in and traveled to over 30 countries and across the U.S. and because of this I have developed an eclectic world view. I incorporate this-worldly, culturally competent perspective into my work by exploring the narrative of my clients seeking to understand the intricacies and uniqueness of every individual. My approach to psychotherapy is relational, mindful, and holistic, and my goal is to help every client achieve healthy tools and coping skills for daily living.
I subscribe to the idea of "keeping an open mind and an open heart."
In addition to learning about cultures around the world, I have completed various anti-racist workshops where I analyzed the structures of power and privilege that hinder social equity and learned to be an effective social justice ally to issues such as racism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, and religious oppression.
My goal is to empower individuals, families, and couples, to reach their potential by offering anti-racist, strength-based, affirming therapy.
I obtained my MSW from Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, where I studied clinical social work with a focus on individuals, youth, and families. Since 2011, I have been working with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Intersex (LGBTQI) community who have been dealing with a variety of concerns — gender identity, sexuality, substance use, immigration, grief/loss, family & relationship concerns, trauma, life transitions, polyamory, intimacy/sexual issues, domestic violence, cancer, HIV, chronic illnesses and mental health issues...to name a few.
Previously, I worked with HIV+ clients to help them on a path of self-sufficiency, healthy living and empowerment through using harm reduction techniques, counseling, and advocacy. Before that, I worked as a community sexual health educator at inner-city schools in Cleveland and San Francisco for four years.
I have had the fortunate experience of teaching children of all ages across the country as well as adult education classes and workshops at City College in San Francisco, NYU Silver School of Social Work, and the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Additionally, I have published articles in various local NYC periodicals and magazines about LGBTQ health disparities.
Thank you so much for reading my "about me" section. For more information about my practice or if you think I could be of help to you at this time, please feel free to give me a call for a free consultation at (347) 470-3746.