I strongly believe everyone can benefit from therapy, even though it can be daunting to take that first step. To make taking that step just a bit easier, I hope to foster a compassionate therapeutic relationship with people that is based on empathy, respect, and free of judgment. Many people have not had the opportunity to explore their emotions in an accepting environment, resulting in the stigma surrounding mental health and wellness. I am committed to always creating a supportive space for people to be heard, reflect on their experiences, and genuinely express their feelings.
My strengths-based therapeutic approach is very integrative; my style is anchored in psychodynamic and attachment-based interventions, while incorporating evidence-based techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and trauma-informed care. I appreciate the profound impact individual circumstances, experiences, and external factors can have on a person’s development and am committed to working with people of diverse racial/cultural backgrounds, abilities, gender expressions, and sexual orientations. Depending on client needs, my therapeutic style is individualized and flexible.
Before joining SelfWorks, I worked in early literacy research at a clinic that provided thorough neuropsychological evaluations and educational advocacy services to predominantly underprivileged people of color in Washington Heights. I was born and raised in the South Bronx community of New York City and have completed my master’s degree in mental health counseling from Fordham University. I also hold a bachelor’s degree from New York University in anthropology, where my passion for being an advocate for others and working with diverse populations emerged. When I’m not at SelfWorks, I can be found binging Star Wars, caring for my hedgehog, and spending time with the people I love.