I am a psychotherapist who works from a culturally informed perspective. In addition to my therapy practice, I am President of the American Family Therapy Academy Board of Directors (AFTA), an associate professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Long Island University and serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy and the Journal of Family Therapy. I bring this expertise into my practice with my work with families, individuals, couples, teens and children.
I believe therapy is not only an introspective process, but it also includes an examination of the world and cultures we live in. We are all made up of different cultures–maps and blueprints of how we relate to one another. Whether working with individuals, couples or families, I am interested in patterns of behavior as they influence the family and the relationships that make up clients’ lives. I see my practice as a collaboration with my clients as they teach me about their lives.
The family is a system and I try to understand how that family system is or is not working. My approach is not about blaming one person but honoring everyone in the family system. All voices matter no matter the generation. In particular, teenagers have a special place in the family and my practice. I like to encourage teens to open up by relating authentically rather than using standardized scripts.
Multicultural couples and families, interracial couples and families and non-traditional couples and families deal with their own unique set of challenges and resiliences. I invite conversations related to experiences of race and culture as it relates to how people connect to others and the world around them.
I have presented nationally and internationally on trauma, social justice and issues of oppression. Diversities such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, spirituality and skills produce inequalities and inform our overall health and relationships. Healing requires that we understand these inequities and in therapy, work to address them.