In 2004, I embarked on my mental health career journey, beginning at a group home in Los Angeles, California, with a special focus on addressing the profound trauma and abuse experienced by LGBTQ+ youth. As the facility manager, my role was primarily centered on collaborating exclusively with the Juvenile Justice Department to rehabilitate youth who had sex offense charges.
Throughout my career, I've cultivated a deep specialization in supporting the LGBTQ+ community, navigating their unique struggles, and delving into the depths of trauma they often endure. This specialty has unfurled through coursework in gender studies, immersive experiences at renowned LGBTQ+ organizations like The LGBT Center, a ongoing exploration of LGBTQ+ history, and an ongoing commitment to directly engaging with the LGBTQ+ community for over 15 years.
Beyond my work with LGBTQ+ individuals, I have also honed my skills in serving clients from diverse cultural, religious, and spiritual backgrounds. My professional journey has taken me to various settings, from youth services-based clinics in the Bronx to a satellite clinic at a Queens middle school, and even a clinic affiliated with Jamaica Hospital in Queens. In these settings, I've encountered individuals grappling with severe trauma, debilitating mood disorders and distressing psychotic symptoms, gaining invaluable experience in addressing highly challenging mental health conditions and further refining my clinical skills.
My pursuit of knowledge in trauma continued with three years of intensive postgraduate study in integrative trauma studies, affording me the opportunity to extend support to those exposed to the harrowing effects of trauma and narcissistic abuse. I employ experiential therapies, confront the profound shame often associated with such abuse, and provide empowering psychological education as part of my specialized approach.
With over a decade of practice, I've offered individual psychotherapy to children, teenagers, and adults. My therapeutic methodology is a meticulously crafted blend of psychodynamic, trauma-focused, attachment-based, and mind-body therapies. Each treatment plan is meticulously tailored to suit the unique needs of the individual, fostering a healing environment that prioritizes their well-being. Currently, I maintain a virtual practice from my home office, ensuring accessibility and flexibility in the pursuit of healing and recovery.
In 2013, I received a Masters of Science in Social Work from the Columbia University School of Social Work. My concentration at Columbia was Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice with a focus on Health, Mental Health and Disabilities.
In 2011, I received bachelors degrees in Psychology and Gender Studies from the University of Southern California. While pursuing the gender studies degree, the focus consisted of LGBTQ+ issues.