I am a New York University-trained therapist who prioritizes curiosity rather than assuming I fully understand an individual, couple, or family’s life, relationships, past experiences, and culture. I believe therapists lose a lot by presuming we immediately know what an individual is struggling with or what is happening within a couple or family’s dynamic. I create a trusting relationship with patients where painful parts of his, her, or their histories can be acknowledged and explored in order to gain greater insight and heal.
Formerly working at NYU with individuals and groups from different cultures, including international students, I understand how our multiple identities play a role in our ability to thrive. There are advantages and disadvantages tied to parts of ourselves that we cannot change. I recognize that many topics, particularly in regards to those with marginalized identities, have been stigmatized, shamed, or rendered taboo. I am deliberate in fostering an environment where conversations, including about sex, sexuality, gender expression, race, and class, can be engaged openly and without judgment.
We are all influenced emotionally by various systems in our lives, from the government and our communities to our families and relationships. I previously developed policies, programming, and resources to support trans and non-binary youth in the foster care system. Through this experience, I not only observed how access to policies and programs could affect individuals, couples, and families emotionally, but how creating affirming spaces has the potential to empower people. This continues to inform my ongoing professional and personal commitment to being an anti-racist and queer- and trans-affirming therapist.
When one family member is stressed or suffering, the entire family system is affected. I not only witnessed this while guiding families in affirming trans and non-binary youth but while teaching teens in a New York City high school. If teens weren’t getting the emotional support they needed at home, it would be difficult for them to succeed in the classroom. I recognized that developing a strong relationship with teens was essential to helping them. I take this knowledge with me as a therapist both in my therapy with teens and my larger awareness of how our relationships with our families can inform how we function in other parts of our lives.