Licensed Master Social Worker, New York State
Master of Social Work - NYU Silver School of Social Work
B.A. International Development, Economics, World Religions - McGill University
Children’s Aid: Safe Way Forward program
International High School at Union Square (former intern)
Clinical Supervision with Christine Carville, LCSW (2019-present)
Clinical supervision with Marybeth Jordan, LCSW (2020-present)
Undoing Racism® Workshop - The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond
Summer Institute in Global Mental Health - Teachers College, Columbia University
Understanding Domestic Violence: Essentials and Intersections - CONNECT Training Institute
Children’s Experience of Violence - CONNECT Training Institute
Art therapy - NYU Silver School of Social Work
Play therapy - NYU Silver School of Social Work
Sex Trafficking - NYU Silver School of Social Work
Children’s Experience of Violence - CONNECT Training Institute
Crisis Counselor Training - Crisis Text Line
200-hour Yoga Teacher Training - Yoga to the People
Trauma-Informed Yoga - Feet on the Ground
I’ve worked with a variety of folks: I’ve worked with families impacted by domestic violence, I’ve worked with teenagers who live with severe anxiety and mood disorders at a psychiatric hospital day treatment program, I’ve worked with newly arrived immigrant teenagers in a public high school, and I’ve worked with adults and families at risk of losing their housing. Before going into social services in New York City, I also worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon, and the lessons I learned there affected me profoundly and still serve me and my work.
I used to work in international development, and in doing this work, I was most invested in the idea that the beneficiaries of my work could also be co-collaborators. I see my therapy clients this way, as well; I may have specialized training and an up-to-date understanding of the latest research, but there is only one expert on you and your experience, and that is you. It is through our joint therapeutic relationship that we can get to a place neither of us could have arrived at on our own. Among fields of mental healthcare, social work in particular resonates in its commitment to person-centered, trauma-informed, and anti-oppressive care. You are a whole person with a complex set of experiences, and deserve to be seen that way. For me, the intersection of mental healthcare and social justice is a critical place to work from.
I am constantly blown away by my clients’ resilience; seeking out mental healthcare in and of itself an immense strength that should not be underestimated. This work has also made me realize what a big privilege it is just to sit with someone.
I aim to be my clients' advocate and earn their trust, to hear their stories and bear witness to their strength, to create a plan and work towards contentment. But all that ends up being secondary to the fact that for forty-five minutes, we have each other's time and attention.
And somehow, that ends up being the most special part of all.
Hi! Thank you for taking the time to seek care and learn about my practice.
I’m a social worker and psychotherapist with a passion for helping others navigate life transitions, explore their relationships with others, and develop their racial identity.
From concerns with friends, partners, roommates, or your career path, I can help. My style is warm, open, and deeply collaborative.
I live and work in New York City and am licensed to practice psychotherapy in New York State.
Therapy can be many things, and part of our work together will be orienting how we want your therapy journey to play out.
My goal is to make therapy feel like a gift you give yourself; a chunk of time to courageously explore your own thoughts, desires, and patterns.
Therapy can be very structured and solutions-oriented, or it can be very introspective and open-ended.
My personal style incorporates both these styles, when appropriate, frequently weaving around and adapting to what you share and where you’d like to go.
Most of all, I want therapy with me to feel useful to you, and to be something you can develop and carry with you.
I’d describe my style as eclectic; what works for someone else might not work for you, and what worked for you yesterday might not work for you today.
Part of what’s great about being a new clinician is that I’m constantly exposed to lots of different therapeutic modalities, and I’m not married to any of them.
In sessions, I take a person-in-environment perspective, meaning that we’ll look at not just a particular diagnosis or set of symptoms, but also at the larger systems and structures that might be impacting your life.
To this end, I take an actively anti-oppressive and anti-racist lens to my work with clients.
As a white, cisgender clinician, I consider it essential to be anti-racist and anti-oppressive in my work. This isn’t a passive pursuit for me; I spend a lot of time and energy thinking about the larger systems that determine who has money, power, and privilege in our world, and my own role in that.
This is a big part of what drove me to study social work. The reality is, there is an inherent power dynamic in a therapeutic relationship, and it’s possible for this dynamic to mimic larger ones in our society.
This introduces the possibility of further trauma and harm. I am asking you for your openness and vulnerability, and I recognize that this is no small ask, particularly when your ability to be vulnerable may be influenced by the larger power structures in our society.
In exchange, I promise that I will be intentional and sensitive about the ways we explore the harm that may have been caused in the past and the impact that has on our lives today.
I know that all of these truths are in the room as we speak, and by being conscious of them and open about them, I can work to mitigate them.
I also recognize that I am imperfect in this pursuit, and regularly participate in a processing group intended for white-identified clinicians to help me identify my own blind spots in this work.
I think of our sessions as a collaboration: I have a certain set of expertise, and you have a certain set of expertise.
I find that one of the most helpful angles I can take as a therapist is that of pattern observer.
So often, our own patterns live in our blind spots.
As you go through your life, you’re likely carrying out patterns that date back a long time, that might have served you once but perhaps aren’t serving you any longer.
One excellent benefit of therapy is that as someone else hears the stories you tell, they can begin to stitch together some of those patterns and uncover a deeper version of who you are.
What might those patterns tell us about you, and what else might those patterns be hiding about who you are?
On a personal level, I am endlessly optimistic. As a social worker, I believe deeply in strengths-based work, noting someone’s strengths over focusing on their deficits.
Of course, when appropriate, I can hold space for your hopelessness and validate those feelings, but I will always believe in your resilience and strength. My approach is one that is deeply rooted in love and hope.
Therapy is all about you and what you need to get out of it; in each other relationship in your life, there is a constant negotiation and renegotiation of roles and responsibilities.
Here, I can be impartial and separate from those relationships and negotiations; I am here for you.
I typically won’t make conclusions or give direct advice; rather, our conversations will likely be more exploratory than prescriptive.