I am a psychotherapist who understands the importance of contextualizing people’s stories based on their unique and intersecting identities. Regardless of your identity, social norms and forces in the culture at large influence our experiences, relationships, and how we see ourselves in the world. I center an anti-racist approach to therapy and am not afraid to have conversations about difference and power in building a trusting and collaborative relationship with my patients.
Receiving my Master’s from Hunter College and previously studying how to provide comprehensive sexual education at Vassar College, I have dedicated much of my career to issues regarding gender, sexuality, and reproductive justice. Most recently, I worked with adults in the Substance Use Treatment Program at The LGBT Center. With the knowledge of how identity and life experience shape addiction, I helped both individuals and groups reflect on shame, healthier coping mechanisms, forming supportive relationships, and setting boundaries with other relationships that may have revolved around drugs and alcohol.
In addition, I worked with The LGBT Center’s Youth Program, building a community with teens in order to foster open conversations about family, trauma, and access to inclusive health information and affirming mental health care. I not only have experience working with teens as a therapist, but previously taught health education in under-funded New York City high schools, including about mental health, sexual health, and substance abuse, and acted as an expert with OkaySo, a phone app designed to make information around sex, dating, and relationships more accessible to teens.
I am a sex-positive therapist and understand that sex and sexuality (even if you’re not or choosing not to have sex) shape our identities, relationships, and experiences. Our culture shies away from talking about sex and sexuality, which constructs a barrier to addressing this part of our lives. In order to change this, I am passionate about creating safe conditions to have these complex conversations in therapy.