I am a Columbia University-trained therapist who works with individuals, couples, and families to create an environment in which they can reflect, question, and grow. I am dedicated to developing a trusting and transparent relationship with my patients so that we can talk through experiences, thoughts, and beliefs that challenge them, make them uncomfortable, and even scare them. This includes topics like sex, sexuality, class and privilege, and racism, all of which impact patients’ lives in differing ways. I believe it is essential as a therapist to be cognizant of systems of inequality and injustice. While these realities cannot be escaped completely, I see therapy as an integral part of the process of making the world a more just place as patients find healthier ways of being in and relating to the world.
I have previously helped a range of patients, from adults and college students to teens and children, through depression, anxiety, racial inequalities, relationships, and parenting. No matter what brings an individual, couple, or family into therapy, I believe people are more than their diagnoses or symptoms. Instead of rigidly boxing patients in by focusing only on symptoms or diagnoses, I endeavor to see patients as complex humans with many experiences that shaped their suffering. I strive to connect deeply with patients so that they can become less uncomfortable with vulnerability, which can allow us to dig deeper together and bring more awareness into their ways of being. While I recognize how difficult it can be to sit with uncomfortable emotions, being vulnerable in sharing feelings and histories can help uncover the roots of symptoms so that patients can understand them, heal, and move forward.
I have particular expertise in supporting individuals and their families through the emotional experiences of infertility, pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. In addition to my work as a therapist, I am a certified doula who is passionate about changing the disparity Black women face in accessing safe childbirth. Being at the forefront of the often stressful yet rewarding time of birth and postpartum has informed my therapeutic approach. I am attuned to what individuals, partners, and their families need emotionally through these and other significant life transitions, including guiding patients with compassion and patience when they’re feeling helpless and flooded with emotion but don’t know how to express their feelings and needs.
I am a therapist who values collaboration. Working with couples and families who come from diverse cultures and backgrounds has influenced me to be more open and flexible. I appreciate how each relationship has its own needs and requires a unique form of support. I take my responsibility in maintaining a collaborative approach seriously so that all voices in the room—each partner and family member—can feel seen and heard.