Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i), Harm Reduction, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution-focused, Strengths-based
My style of therapy would be considered eclectic although I rely heavily on psychodynamic approaches, family systems thinking as well brief solutions focused therapy. I sometimes incorporate the expressive arts into my work with clients (especially writing as healing).
BA - Intercultural Studies, Scripps College
MA - Latin American and Caribbean Studies, New York University
MA - Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, Phillips Graduate Institute
Lots of reasons—I have been influenced by my mother's work and legacy (she was a psychiatric occupational therapist and founded one of the first psychiatric halfway houses in DC in 1958). I also realized I wanted to work with people to support their learning, growth, and health in person rather than working "behind the curtains" as I did when I wrote grants and worked as a fundraiser in my late 20s, and lastly… I experienced many losses (deaths of parents and other important people in my life) from a very young age and I do my best to "give back" to other people in the midst of grief and loss.
I enjoy music, dance, time with family and friends, spending time by the water (ocean on the west coast and rivers and creeks in the DMV), creative/personal essay writing, and reading (mostly non-fiction).
I drink lots of water, I take several walks outside (with my dog), and I unplug from social media throughout the day
I enjoy books of poetry such as some of Nikki Giovanni's books of poetry.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater—they are an amazing company both in terms of the ability and beauty of their dancers as well as their commitment to the community they are a part of in NYC and the dance education and teaching they make happen in NYC and throughout the US and the world.
I have a funny little black dog (a dachshund mix). We met "online" at adoptapet.com and I have no regrets!
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