I am a therapist who sees personal growth and healing as a part of social change. I aim to not only build trusting relationships with individuals, couples, and families, but to empower my patients. Individuals, couples, and families come to therapy not only because they want to understand themselves and their relationships, but they also want the power to change what isn’t working. Many people are not used to feeling heard or someone else seeking to understand them. Part of empowerment is encouraging my patients to believe they deserve great therapy.
With a Master’s Degree from New York University and having previously spent my final year of graduate studies as an intern at Tribeca Therapy, I recognize how systemic inequities and power dynamics influence individuals, couples, and families’ experiences. Our multiple identities can tell us a lot about how we function in the world—how much power we have or don’t have, how much we can express ourselves, what we think we can achieve, and what we believe we deserve in relationships, jobs, or therapy. I consider all aspects of a patient’s identity, both visible and invisible, as well as how these identities show up in his, her, or their life. This often encourages patients to consider parts of themselves that they don’t usually keep in the front of their minds.
Working with couples and families, I am not only curious about their collective goals and how they interact together, but also how cultural norms and differences affect their relationship dynamics. Even if a couple or family rejects traditional cultural norms, these can still play a role within the relationship. Combined with the unique challenges of every relationship, bringing this awareness allows couples and families to better understand themselves, their place in the world, and their relationships.
Larger social and political situations affect us emotionally, even if we don’t think we’re being directly impacted. After obtaining an undergraduate degree from Columbia University, I provided logistical and emotional support for program participants in a national nonprofit organization focused on community building and professional development for peoples from underrepresented communities. This experience coincided with my particular interest in collective liberation, which I understand as an act more about unity and empowerment than delineating who is oppressed, who is the enemy, and who can be an ally. Rather than simply making it an issue of race, class, sexuality, or gender, I believe liberation is achieved when all these differences are accepted rather than discriminated against. I am passionate about therapy’s role in this project as a place to navigate the emotional impacts of sociopolitical factors without judgment.
In addition to my work as a therapist, I am also a writer, musician, photographer, and visual artist. For years, I have been involved remotely with a regional poetry team in Georgia where I provide youth with hands-on education, including editing poetry, giving feedback, and guiding them to poets, performances, and books that can bolster their ideas and craft. Observing how I process and express my own emotions via creativity, I encourage patients to explore the emotional possibility of creation in whatever form that might take. My sensibility as a writer, as well as my experience supporting others creatively, also influences my skills as a therapist, in particular my dedication to digging deeper in the process of open-ended emotional exploration.