I am a licensed clinical social worker with a Master’s degree in Clinical Practice with Children and Families. I received my MSW from Hunter College in January 2011 and my clinical social work license in California in December 2018.
My most formative and inspiring work, both professionally and personally has been my seven years as counsellor and case manager with LGBTQIA adolescents residing in a group home in Queens, NY. I have also worked with LGBTQIA adolescents on a suicide prevention and crisis intervention hotline. I know many of the challenges and frustrations faced by adolescents, particularly LGBTQIA adolescents, as relationships with parents, school, family, peers and community shift and change or don't shift and change enough- and can feel constrictive. I also know adolescence is an inspiring time full of opportunities, when you're finding out more about yourself, what you're interested in, what your own values are, and the kind of person that you are becoming or are hoping to become.
As a practitioner I maintain that you are the expert on you. This means that we will work together to identify what your goals are for therapy, and your strengths and resources for achieving them. I seek to provide anti-oppressive counselling: challenging racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, fat phobia and oppression in all its forms. This means that I recognize the traumatic impacts of institutional and structural oppression, including as it may have been experienced within previous mental health settings, and acknowledge and negotiate the power dynamic intrinsic in the therapist/ client dynamic. Some tools that I have found to be helpful both personally and with clients are: Non-violent communication skills which can help you express yourself more clearly, improve your relationships, and be more likely to get what you want; and Mindfulness which can help you stay calm in frustrating or frightening situations, prevent you from dissociating, and help you feel more in control. Together we can identify the impacts of trauma in your life, address the symptoms, and plan for avoiding or coping with upcoming potentially stressful events. We will identify your needs and capabilities, affirm your resilience and strengths, and promote your self-expression and personal growth. I try to build relationships with my clients which foster collaboration, trust, and transparency and I understand that trust has to be earned.
I've also been involved with and learned much from my experiences working in: Housing and homeless services in downtown Los Angeles, Case management with LGBTIA adolescents, houseless clients in downtown LA, and survivors of domestic violence; Disaster relief following hurricane Sandy, Humanitarian aid providing water and medical aid to migrants in the US/ Mexico border region; Needle exchange and harm reduction counselling during street outreach tailored to sex workers, and tenant organizing in Los Angeles. In these contexts we've worked to provide for immediate physical welfare and to provide supportive crisis counselling to immediately address physiological and psychological effects of trauma. I integrate this experience in to my practice by teaching the skills to cope with acute trauma, the stresses of daily life, and the effects of past or long term trauma.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Trauma Informed Care
Los Angeles, California 90065
|Type:||Clinical Social Worker|
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