Throughout life, we all gather scrapes, bruises, and cuts. Usually, we try to do our best and clean these wounds, treat them, and go on with our lives. However, at times, we might be busy, unable, or too nervous to clean these injuries properly. As a result, we tend to find ways to cover them up quickly. Early stages of the therapeutic process might include us approaching those old wounds carefully and slowly unwrapping the old bandages that cover them. As we approach these challenges and discuss them, we can spend time conceptualizing coping mechanisms that encourage healing. Over time, something that hurt so profoundly might begin to heal into a scar. These scars are still visible but sometimes forgettable and less distressing.
I recognize that it takes courage and vulnerability to engage in this process, and I commend you for taking the first step. My two most important pillars in the therapy space are candor and vulnerability since they are the center of difficult emotions. A popular myth about vulnerability is that it is a sign of weakness. We wake up in the morning and emotionally "armor up" before we leave the house to avoid feelings of shame, anxiety, uncertainty, and fear. I strive to create an environment where one can walk into the office, take a deep breath, and hang up that armor. The therapy space is an unbiased and judgmental-free environment where we can safely explore topics. This experience is alliance-based, and my objective is for you to feel seen and heard. Together, we will set goals and develop a course of action that best suits your objectives.
I earned my bachelor's degree in Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience, and Queer Studies from Rhode Island College. I am currently completing my Master's in Mental Health and Wellness Counseling through the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. In addition to the degree, I am receiving an advanced certificate in LGBT Health, Education, and Social Services.
I have a promise to embrace and welcome all the clients who walk through our doors, and I will be alongside you each step of the way. Healing and growth are on the horizon; let me lend a hand and aid you on this journey.