Life is full of inevitable transitions and changes. Changes, both positive and negative, can have a profound impact on our lives. Losing a loved one, leaving my country, and coming out to my family and friends were some of the most difficult changes I had to face. I was ecstatic when I was prescribed hormone replacement therapy to start my transition. What I did not realize at the time was that these changes required me to adapt to my new life circumstances.
Adjusting to my new-found sense of self and the changes in my physical and social environments, such as developing a bi-cultural identity, seemed almost impossible at times. Overwhelmed with these major life stressors, I visited the counseling center at my school where my healing journey began. I was inspired by my therapist and his work. Soon after, I decided to pursue a career in mental health to help others in a similar way that my therapist helped me.
I received a Bachelor of Science degree in social work and went on to work toward my Master’s degree in social work at Hunter College. After graduating with my MSW, I worked in both corporate and not-for-profit sectors, providing therapy, care management, advocacy, and other social work services for adults. Later I began to work with individuals facing the end of life. Working with death and grief, taught me a valuable lesson – being honest and open with ourselves is key to living our lives to the fullest, even in the face of adversity.
I joined Resilient Mind Psychotherapy in 2022. As a therapist, I specialize in resolving identity issues, grief, anxiety, and depression. I work through a trauma-informed and LGBT-affirming lens and utilize a variety of modalities from psychodynamic, narrative, DBT, and CBT. My highest mission is to empower and guide my clients to find the healing they deserve. When not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, taking long walks with my dog – Bruno, reading, and listening to podcasts.