About Me

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Relevant Personal and Professional Experience

I have worked as a psychotherapist and consulted with various nonprofit and governmental organizations as a trainer, curricula developer, grant writer, and organizational consultant since 1995. In the earlier stages of my career, I worked in foster care and adoption agencies, in the NYC Department of Education, and with street-involved and homeless adolescents and LGBTQ/GNC young adults of color. As a behavioral scientist, I have taught about, conducted research with, and written about same-gender-loving and LGBTQI people of color since 2004. In addition, I am an initiated Yoruba-Lukumi priest of Ogun and a writer. These rich experiences inform my psychotherapy practice and case consultation.

Education, Postgraduate Relevant Training and Licensure

  • Education
    • Doctor of Philosophy of Clinical Social Work, New York University, 2003 (trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy)
    • Master of Social Work, New York University, 1993
  • Relevant Postgraduate Training
    • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
      • EMDR Basic Training, EMDR Consulting
      • Recent Traumatic Events Protocol (R-TEP), Humanitarian Assistance Program Traumatic Recovery Network
      • Group Traumatic Events Protocol (G-TEP), Humanitarian Assistance Program Traumatic Recovery Network
    • Gottman Method Couples Therapy
      • Completed Levels 1 & 2 Training
  • New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 1993

Memberships

  • EMDRIA (EMDR International Association)
  • GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing Equity
  • Humanitarian Assistance Program Traumatic Recovery Network (HAP TRN), New York City Chapter (provides pro bono services to disaster and trauma survivors)
  • World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)