I believe in the power of using language to heal. My role as your therapist is to use language to help you rebuild your relationship with yourself, so that you can live your best life. I use a psychodynamic approach, which focuses on treating the root causes of what is troubling you, rather than the symptoms that come from it. This type of work is not about telling you what to do or how to live your life, but rather about deepening our understanding of who you are and how you relate to others, so that you can become more confident, secure, and fulfilled.
I have been passionate about LGBTQ mental health since 2013, when I began volunteering with the Trevor Project as a instant-message counselor for queer youth in crisis. I followed this passion to Columbia University, where I completed two masters degrees in psychological counseling and received specialized training in multicultural counseling and bilingual therapy (English/Spanish). At Columbia I also received training in substance use, family therapy, and LGBTQ issues.
Currently I am an adjunct professor of counseling psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. I am also a second-year student in the psychodynamic psychotherapy program at NYU School of Medicine’s PANY (Psychoanalytic Association of New York). Furthermore, I am pursuing an advanced graduate certificate of Women’s and Gender Studies at SUNY Empire State College.
My work as a therapist is heavily informed by crisis work, intersectional feminism, queer theory, and person-centered therapy. In other words, I will meet you where you are and tailor my approach to your specific needs. Together, let's transform your relationship to yourself.
"Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are."
-- Soren Kierkegaard