Life presents many challenges that can result in feeling stressed, anxious, overwhelmed, or full of despair. When it feels like a burden too difficult to bear, it helps to find someone who can provide support and tools to help empower change. My mission is to help others learn how to tap into their inner strengths and resources to help them achieve their goals and improve their quality of daily living. My passion is working with adolescents and young adults navigating life transitions and struggling with anxiety and depression, particularly related to emerging adulthood issues or interpersonal challenges with peers and family.
Seeking help is not always easy, but I have found that most patients end up feeling relieved and more optimistic once they have taken that first step. As a therapist, I try my best to make you feel comfortable and understood. I work in a supportive, interactive, and collaborative manner and it is my goal to help you develop tools, right from the start, to help you manage your situation as we continue to get to know one another. I have over 15-years experience working with adults, adolescents and young families with a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, difficult transitions, stress, and parenting challenges.
Anxiety, depression, Covid-19, concerns about the future, financial worries, children, aging parents, climate change…our world is full of uncertainty and asking for help reveals strength, not weakness. I am a New York state licensed clinical psychologist who will work with you in an empathic, collaborative environment to help you feel less overwhelmed by the issues that consume you. Using a directive, cognitive behavioral approach, I will help you create a “toolbox” so that you are better able to cope with feelings that inudate and paralyze you.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in working with adults from a mindfulness based perspective. I believe that therapy can help you make meaning of pain, struggle and confusion in order to let go of suffering and find purpose in all the phases of life. Every moment of pain presents an opportunity for growth into deeper self-awareness, enhanced relationship intimacy and life fulfillment. I integrate concepts from psychodynamic, internal family systems, cognitive behavioral therapy and the major meditative traditions to address your individual needs.
We’ve all felt stuck, trapped, alone at some point in our lives. Whether you’re here because of a loss, change in health, parenting struggles, anxiety, depression, stress, or just looking to feel more fulfilled in life, I thank you for taking that first step. It wasn’t easy getting here, but you’re here and you’re ready to make a change. You have inside, the ability to re-build, to move away from the old way of thinking – those old stories – that are not your words, and to create new connections.
I am an African American licensed Social Worker in New York, DC, and now NV with over 10 years of experience working as a therapist with expertise and experience with Queer, Substance Abuse, and Mental Health populations. I am Black, Queer and Proud, and prefer working with clients who can appreciate that. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, and parenting. I also assist many people who have experienced physical trauma and/or emotional abuse.
A satisfying life requires a balance between how much attention we pay to the external world (work, relationships, etc.) and the extent to which we attend to our internal, emotional world. This can be challenging because our culture favors focusing on external stimulus (relationship status, satisfying societal expectations, getting a job promotion, comparing our lives to Instagram highlight reels) over our vast internal worlds. It’s almost by design that we spend so much time focusing outside ourselves!
Throughout life we all face challenges. Whether it's life circumstances, unexpected or anticipated stress, traumatic events and loss, internal or relationship conflict, social or medical stressors, emotional pain and sadness, low self-worth, or family conflict, seeking help is a step towards feeling happier and at peace. Although we don't always have control of the events in our lives, we can choose how to handle them. I offer counseling services for children, tweens, adolescents, and adults.
My work with clients is a mutual search for the key problems that have them stuck. It may be problems which began in childhood. Or there may be twists and turns in their teen or adult years that have yielded concerns about themselves, others, or life itself which have become major stumbling blocks. We work together in an interactive, respectful, and individualized process to get to the bottom of it all, resolve the problems, and allow the person to get on with a better life. I look forward to the journey with each person who seeks my help.
My passions are treating OCD and helping LGBTQ+ folks navigate identity processes. Many of my clients joke that I am "not a talk therapist, but a 'do' therapist," as sessions are often very active and skills focused. I view therapy as a supportive environment where I can help clients face their fears. I provide only evidence-based treatments, as my goal is to help people get results as soon as possible.
Psychotherapists like to think of themselves as insightful and caring. Their clients are likely to have all sorts of impressions. So it goes. Successful therapy can emerge, not through platitudes, but the achievement of mutual understanding and faith in the process. I would probably be best described as a non-dogmatic relational psychoanalyst, with extensive training in a wide variety of modalities. I have the privilege of being a graduate and member of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (NPAP) & supervisor/ faculty member at Washington Square Institute. I am also on the Board of Trustees and Training Committee at the Harlem Family Institute.
I believe that a trusting therapist-patient relationship is key to helping you achieve the growth and change you are looking for. Success in therapy occurs when you learn more about yourself, your thoughts, and your feelings. I aim to facilitate this process through an active, empathic, non-judgmental approach. We will work together to identify your own unique goals for therapy, help you access and use your individual strengths, and navigate the challenges that might be getting in your way.
Where are you in your healing journey? Healing can take unexpected twists and turns, it unfolds naturally, it wrinkles, and relaxes again over time. Have you reached a point where you are ready to release old patterns, let go of old stories, and truly embrace a bold new vision for your future? Creating a safe, nurturing therapeutic space allows for deep self-exploration and developing a loving awareness. If you are reading this I am sure that you have already started to reflect on the person you are today, but sometimes an objective ally can facilitate even more growth.
I am currently accepting new patients telehealth and in person in Livingston County, NY! I specialize in trauma, depression and anxiety in young adults and adults specifically experiencing difficulty with life transitions (going to college, new job, divorce, having children, death of a loved one etc). As most people can relate, we all have felt sadness, overworked, overwhelmed and all other emotions that come with everyday stress (especially during this pandemic). Sometimes our emotions can be too much to handle on our own.
Hi and welcome to the first step on your mental health journey! Life tends to hand us painful experiences that make us feel overwhelmed, stressed, and unable to cope. If you're feeling this way and need support, you have come to the right place. I provide a safe, supportive, and nonjudgmental space where you can process your feelings, feel heard, and empowered.
We all carry pain. This pain can come from many places. For many of us as queer people, it may come from navigating the world with one or more stigmatized identities, or simply from our broader lived experiences. I see therapy as an opportunity to understand and connect to your inner self, your identities, and your pain. I aim for you to feel seen, heard, and held, and for you to see that you, with all your complexities and pain, are whole and enough, just as you are. In this way, we can work together to ease the burden of the pain you carry and find relief and healing. To feel joy, as well as pain, is our humanity.
Are you feeling overwhelmed, lost, or stuck? I invite you to join me in a partnership on a path to finding health, happiness, and peace. My goal as a therapist is to facilitate genuine healing and wholeness in your life. I believe that every person is made of a collection of their own unique experiences, which is why I use an integrated, person-centered approach that is specialized to fit your individualized needs and goals. I will provide you with a non-judgmental, compassionate space to unpack your stories, as well as safely explore and process thoughts, feelings, and experiences that may be impacting your well-being.