I am a Licensed Psychologist providing therapy for adults (18+) experiencing a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, stress, self esteem difficulties, and relationship problems. Other areas of interest for me include trauma, grief, somatic pain related to emotional health, issues of college aged individuals and young adults, community violence stressors, parenting issues and substance issues. I use an integrative approach where I strive to employ interventions that are best suited to a particular person, so that therapy is not “one size fits all”.
Flexing my treatment approach is a core value in the way that I work with all my clients. I work to meet people where they are at, using more structured, skills based approaches where needed and weaving in depth work where appropriate with people that I think would benefit from that style. Also, I feel strongly that multi-cultural and diversity issues are not “distinct” from treatment, but are the heart of the treatment along with a variety of other issues. I typically inquire about individual experiences of cultural dynamics and how they guide views of themselves and others. In addition, I grew up in a Spanish-speaking household and I am bilingual in Spanish and English, so I am able to work with individuals who prefer to, or need to, speak in Spanish.
Concerns I work with Include:
- Major Depression
- Anxiety Disorders
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
- Adjustment Disorders and Bereavement
- Substance Use Issues
Education and Training
I am licensed in California as a Psychologist (PSY # 27173). I am originally from New York City and I obtained my Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, an APA accredited program, and obtained a Master’s Degree in Psychology from The City College of the City University of New York. Over the course of my training I have provided in-depth individual, group, and couples therapy and mental health counseling, in English and in Spanish, to diverse, underserved community and student populations, while receiving one to one integrative, psychodynamic supervision, as well as training in CBT, DBT, ACT, Gestalt techniques and systemic family therapy.
I completed my postdoctoral hours at Westside Community Services and St. Anthony’s Medical Clinic in San Francisco. I continue to work at St. Anthony’s, where I work as part of a team of doctors, nurses, medical assistants and staff. I support patients at the clinic by providing individual and group therapy, and support the medical care team in the work that they do through consultation and integration of mental health considerations into a comprehensive treatment plan. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the Brooklyn College Personal Counseling Program in New York City, and have provided therapy and taught courses in college based and community outpatient programs, including the City College Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge program in New York.