I am a psychotherapist who believes that many emotional challenges result from a history of relational trauma, a type of trauma that should be treated with an organized, intentional and compassionate approach. We, in both the mental health field and society as a whole, tend to put a lot of labels and diagnoses on individuals, but at the core, these are individuals who have experienced trauma and subsequently adapted tools to cope with it. Cultivating a strong, trusting relationship with my patients, I bring humor and genuine connection to session to create a space in which my patients feel safe and open to deeper reflection.
I pull from many facets of my studies, including neuroscience, psychology, social justice and sociology, in my therapy practice. I received my Master’s in Social Work from New York University, after my undergraduate study of Neuroscience and Psychology at Emory University. I also studied at the Marcus Autism Center at Emory where I was exposed to the most cutting-edge autism research in the field. In addition to my education, I am also influenced by a wide range of professional experiences, from working at Bellevue Hospital’s Program for the Survivors of Torture, in which I provided support and counseling for refugees and asylum seekers in New York, to Beyond Words Center, an Atlanta-based social skills therapy center for children and adolescents with developmental disorders and social skills difficulties.
I often think about culture, and how it shapes, mirrors and informs our psyches, bodies and relationships. I am passionate about helping my patients navigate the complex intersection of personal histories of trauma and the ways in which our culture informs the experience. In particular, I have worked with women and trauma a great deal, especially trauma that results from sexual violence. Most recently, I worked at an adult high school for adolescent and adult women, who were often in crisis relating to sexual violence and domestic abuse. I supported these women to heal wounds, manage the impact of institutionalized injustice, and learn how to be a self-advocate.
In addition, I am also a registered yoga teacher, and have done a significant amount of training in mindfulness skills for children, teens and adults. I appreciate that there are some experiences in which are words aren’t quite enough, and for those, we can use the body.