I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (# MC 60507339) based out of Seattle Washington. I actively seek to improve the quality of life of those I cross paths with and to that end I offer therapy, consultation, therapy for therapist and anti-oppression services. My clinical specializations include helping survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, chemical dependency, people of color, fellow helping professionals and counselors in training. I have experience in facilitating group therapy on a broad range of topics including, gender based issues, processing grief, chemical dependency, emotion regulation, and vocational rehabilitation.
I graduated with honors with my Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from CUNY Hunter College, and did my undergraduate work in psychology and Sociology at Stony Brook University.
I have worked in the mental health field at several outpatient treatment centers for those with chemical dependency issues and trauma. In 2012 I was licensed by New York State Department of Health (DOH) as a Rape Crisis Emergency Room Counselor. As of 2014, I received the training that satisfies Washington State requirements for a Domestic Violence direct service provider (WAC 388-61A-0350). I also worked at the YWCA Domestic Violence Emergency Shelter and have my own private practice. In addition, I serve as a mental health counselor at Seattle Therapy Alliance, a low-income clinic for women in Seattle where I treat women who suffer from PTSD, mood disorders, and traumatic stress.
My anti-oppression services include creating and facilitating the group “Having the Conversation: Discussing Race, Oppression and Privilege”. This group continues to serve participants as they navigate the past and recent racism that is at the forefront of American consciousness.
In addition I also work closely with the organization Puentes, who work to mobilizes mental health resources to assist undocumented migrants and their families cope with deportation and migrant detention. I conduct psychosocial assessments which can be crucial in deciding the outcome of an immigration case.
My clinical technique is grounded in Narrative therapy and Dialectical Behavioral therapy. Both these therapeutic approaches are one of the most holistic methods of healing that I can offer you. Narrative therapy focuses on uncovering the stories and meanings that have formed in our lives; as well as our power to rewrite the destructive ones. Dialectical Behavioral therapy offers concrete behavioral and cognitive techniques to change mal-adaptive thoughts, beliefs, actions and assumptions that get in the way of living the highest quality of life possible.
I am proud to guard the mental and emotional well-being of fellow therapists and those committed to helping others. My passion to help the helper has given birth to my recent start-up project “Helpers Helping Helpers” where I seek to assist helping professionals in identifying and practicing self-care techniques unique to them, understanding and preventing the onset of burnout, and reducing the chances of vicarious trauma, depression or anxiety.
Thank you for the honor of considering me to assist you in your growth and for visiting my site!