I have over 10 years experience working in the mental health field. I have worked in a variety of settings including NYC homeless shelters, outpatient, private practice, addictions centers, and in school setting with children and adolescents with behavioral problems. I have had experience working with a broad range and severity of clinical issues. I have the most experience working with anxiety, depression , life transitions, bipolar; schizophrenia diagnosis and dual diagnosis, MICA patients, complex trauma/abuse, and children . I also have experience , intellectual/developmental disabilities, mild autism, and immigration/acculturation issues.
My dedication to the field of mental health stems from my personal experience with it. I grew up with a brother who suffers from schizophrenia and addiction. I know firsthand that getting help can be a challenge. There is still so much stigma around having mental health issues, the process for getting help can be overwhelming, and it can feel so frustrating and lonely, not only for the patient but for the whole family. However, I also know from experience how much life can change for the better when you find support and take steps towards taking care of yourself.
I use a person-centered, holistic, cognitive behavioral techniques, multicultural, and integrative approach in treatment. This means I begin where you are and tailor the treatment approach to your needs while being sensitive to how your individual cultural identities and lifestyle choices impact your experience. I primarily use evidence based techniques including cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused counseling. However, I do incorporate psychoanalytic approaches to counseling as well.
I would describe my style as warm and supportive, and I am ready to help you tackle your struggle head-on. Collaboration is important – together we can work on establishing concrete goals and steps for you to help overcome your current problems. As a therapist, I work with you to help you identify your desires and empower you to make those positive changes in your life. I understand that making the decision to seek help can be difficult, so I use an approach that is compassionate, direct, and non-judgmental to help create an environment where you feel supported in your counseling journey. I believe in taking time and working on wellness slowly, holistically, and consistently. Just as physical health takes time and consistency, so does mental health. I look forward to helping you in any way I can.