"Be easy. take your time. you are coming home to yourself." -Nayyirah Waheed
I find this quote matches my approach as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in NYC. I like to bring a culturally/identity affirmative and trauma informed lens to my work with clients. As a socially conscious person of color, I take deliberate care to recognize and respect the identities of all of my clients. By slowing down, it allows us to find and care for the parts of ourselves that are often hidden, ignored and might be hurting the most. I see therapy as a collaborative process between myself and the client. Neither of us is doing the work ourselves. I use my formal training that I received in my MSW program at University of Pennsylvania, as well as personal life experience and tools gathered from my six years of direct practice with various populations. I have experience with trauma survivors, domestic violence survivors, clients living with anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, Deaf and Hard of Hearing clients as well as those with multiple disabilities, just to name a few. I often use tenets of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness in my work with clients, but I try to meet each individual on their comfort level.
I would be thrilled to be part of your journey to health and healing.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
- Self esteem
I also have experience in LGBT, Relationship, Family, Grief, Intimacy-related, Anger, Career, Bipolar
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LCSW #086021 -1 (Expires: 2020-08-31)
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