A huge aspect of my work is based in fostering an environment of compassion, comfort and humor when appropriate. I want therapy to be something you look forward to, where along with the work that is necessary and feels slightly uncomfortable, goes along work that makes you feel excited about the future.
You can expect us to start with some basic introductions and administrative guidelines (boring for you and me both I know). Following that, with your permission, I like to engage clients in a comprehensive psycho-social intake. So we can, together, touch on all the areas that are important to you and our work together. I allow clients to speak more deeply about issues that may stick out for them as we cover the intake, however, I will interject with some re-direction just so we can cover all of our bases. I invite feedback and criticism constantly, and ask clients what they wish to get out of therapy, and which approaches are a total no-go for them. My hope is to have you leave our therapy space feeling confident in our work together, and in charge of how things go.
Upon starting my career, working in the substance use field was something I did not consider. I heard classmates and professors speak on such clinical issues with a sense of hopelessness and dismay. However, I have evolved to find a deep passion in working with folks struggling with addiction. I have learned that they are some of the most complex, and intelligent people I have ever come across. Oftentimes with insight that can only be birthed from within and not taught. I have grown to learn some of life's most profound lessons from my clients when working in the substance use field. I also have a deep passion in working with queer POC and BIPOC folk, drawing on my own experience of navigating the world as a queer immigrant, I find great purpose in working with this community. As a result, I sought training and became a certified trauma professional, as the aforementioned experiences and identities are greatly intertwined with occurrences of trauma.
Abuse/Survivors of abuse
Abuse includes any significant mistreatment along the lines of psychical, emotional, sexual, verbal, and neglect. Survivors of abuse may experience negative thoughts and feelings, flashbacks, distrust of others, social withdrawal, self-harm, and increased likelihood of developing mental health and substance abuse issues.
Drug addiction & abuse
Dependence on particular substance or inability to control impulses in relation to drug or alcohol use. Withdrawal symptoms commonly experienced in absence of the substance.
Process of defining one’s own beliefs and sense of self. Evolves over time and can become a source of stress and pain, especially if the concept of self goes against social, cultural, or familial norms.
Trauma is the result of experiencing a perceived, extremely distressful event. Although the stress threshold for each person differs, meaning that each person considers and experiences trauma differently, it is an event that tops one’s threshold. It exceeds one’s ability to cope or emotionally process. Symptoms may include shock, anxiety, confusion, hopelessness, feeling disconnected, mood swings, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts.
Refers relationship issues with a partner or spouse. Can include issues related to relationship distress, relationship satisfaction, communication, intimacy, etc.
Race & Cultural Identity
Challenges around race and cultural identity vary enormously, including issues related to discrimination, racism, and intergenerational trauma.
Regular involvement with a substance or activity in a compulsive, hard to control way that often has harmful consequences. Often refers to substance use, but can include compulsive behaviors such as sex, gambling, or shopping.
Characterized by alternating symptoms of depression and mania. During more extreme episodes, depression may lead to the point of suicidal ideation and attempts while extreme bouts of mania are marked by impulsive behavior, lack of sleep, elevated esteem, and even psychosis.
Involves a person sacrificing their needs to meet the needs of others. Their thoughts and actions center on a significant other, spouse, friend, or relative. Becomes an issue when relationships are unbalanced and unhealthy.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Certified Trauma Professional License Number: 437536
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Practitioner Certificate
Early Signs of Psychosis Intensive
Motivational Interviewing 3-Day Intensive
Safety Planning Intervention
Interpersonal Psychotherapy 2-Day Intensive
Problem-Solving Therapy 1-Day Intensive
Dialectical Behavior Therapy 2-Intensive
CBT for Coping Skills
Problem-Solving Therapy 1-Day Intensive
Master of Social Work from Silver School of Social Work at NYU
I have worked in a variety of different environments. I started off with working at an outpatient domestic violence mental health treatment program, I then transitioned to working on a Mobile Assertive Community Treatment team where I worked with folks experiencing Severe and Persistent Mental Illness. I then went on to work at an outpatient methadone clinic where I worked with people suffering from Opioid Addictions and co-occurring mental health diagnoses. I then finally, found myself working at a primary care setting at a hospital in the Bronx, NY, whilst also working part-time private practice with Repose Therapy & Wellness. This exposure to a variety of social work settings has enhanced my understanding of trauma recovery and healing.