As a therapist, I aim to build on my clients’ interests and strengths, toward helping them find greater peace and fulfillment in their lives. I utilize a creative approach to therapy that is both solution focused and dynamic. I strive to create a safe and comfortable environment for deep exploration. At the same time, I value pragmatic approaches aimed at assisting my clients with problem solving techniques toward positive growth and change.
After receiving my master’s degree in social work from Columbia University in 2006, I completed a two-year postgraduate training program in trauma studies at the Contemporary Institute of Psychotherapy in New York. I have extensive training and experience providing therapeutic interventions for survivors of complex, acute, and chronic trauma.
In addition to specializing in trauma therapy, I also have particular interest and expertise in working with adolescents and their families. Further, I have experience providing therapy to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) populations, including affirming therapy for transgender, gender non-conforming, and gender expansive children, adolescents, and adults.
I have worked with individuals from diverse backgrounds in a myriad of settings including schools, foster care agencies, risk intervention programs, mental health clinics, as well as in private practice. I have treated a variety of concerns ranging from anxiety to relationship issues to depression to complex trauma. I incorporate knowledge of neuroscience, trauma theory, and somatic interventions into my work, and I have an integrative and creative approach to therapy and healing.
I obtained my BA in 2003 from Oberlin College, where I studied creative writing and gender and women’s studies, and I earned my master’s degree in social work from Columbia University, with a concentration in children, youth, and family studies.