I am a psychotherapist who approaches therapy as a way to provide space for patients to claim their power and resilience. I see finding growth in therapy as a political act and encourage patients to not only explore the interpersonal issues they may be facing in their lives, but how sociopolitical issues impact their experience and relationships. I believe therapy should be creative and am willing to go beyond conventional ideas and techniques to create an open, safe, and meaningful relationship so that patients can tap into their strengths and build new skills to reach higher fulfillment in their lives.
Before my work as a Hunter College-trained psychotherapist, I focused on more macro-oriented social justice challenges. This includes working with a philanthropic organization to advance and deepen support for immigration and refugee rights, as well as coordinating educational and cultural delegations to Cuba and procuring visas for Cuban-born U.S. citizens. Over time, I came to see the need for mental health care that bridges individual, couple, and family therapy with social transformation. Though I have specialization in addressing issues facing immigrants and refugees, including acting as a Child Advocate for unaccompanied immigrant children at U.S. detention centers, I believe the same social and cultural systems that impact marginalized populations affect everyone in different yet no less significant ways.
Most recently, I provided therapy to Latinx individuals and families in a bilingual and bicultural setting. I worked with patients impacted by mood disorders, domestic violence, generational violence, discrimination and oppression, immigration issues, body image issues, and parent-child conflict. I also facilitated weekly support groups for individuals with severe anxiety and PTSD symptoms. In my family-oriented work, I approached parents and family members with the understanding that a child’s struggles aren’t isolated, but are part of a larger context of the family dynamics and community.
I have counseled adult survivors of domestic violence residing in crisis shelters, including leading workshops and support groups to promote healing and empowerment for survivors. I see trauma as an experience of likely ongoing events that may still be happening rather than one singular isolated event. With this understanding, I aided in both crisis management and helping women contextualize their experiences of gender-based violence and frequently internalized shame in terms of larger cultural forces.