Whether you are an LGBTQI person seeking psychotherapy because you are in crisis, looking for clarity, or want the opportunity to heal and grow, I will work with you until you achieve your goal. I view psychotherapy as a journey that we are taking together. My only agenda is to support your evolution to a healthier version of yourself.
I am a sex-positive, gender-affirming, anti-racist, New York State licensed clinical social worker who has worked with and advocated for people of all ages in various settings since 1991. Given the high percentage of people who have experienced trauma and other distressing events in their lives, I take a trauma-informed approach to my work. I use an integrative style that takes an intersectional, sociopolitical view of the world and incorporates elements of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), family systems theory, psychodynamic theory, and harm reduction psychotherapy.
For relationship therapy, I use the Gottman Method to work with Indigenous LGBTQI and LGBTQI people of color in couples, consensually non-monogamous (CNM) relationships, and kinky relationships. Sometimes we need someone to help us address and resolve challenges in our relationships. I only work with LGBTQI people of color and Indigenous LGBTQI people in kinky or CNM relationships because I am committed to ensuring that these relationships receive the respect, support, and nurturance they deserve.
I work with adults around the following issues (in alphabetical order):
- Aging-related concerns
- Anger issues
- Changes in health and ability
- Grief and mourning
- Identity issues (age, sexual, ethnoracial, gender, religious, spiritual)
- Mild depression
- Pre-marital/-commitment/-hand-fasting counseling
- Relationship challenges
- Trauma (past or recent)
Length of sessions: Individual therapy sessions are 50 minutes long and relationship therapy sessions are 90 minutes long. This includes five minutes at the end to schedule future sessions, settle payment, and tend to other matters if necessary.
Fees: I have a sliding scale for psychotherapy ($125-250, for individual therapy, $180-360 for relationship therapy). The fee is determined by your realistic assessment of what you can afford. I only accept Aetna insurance; however, if your insurance company reimburses you, I am happy to provide you with receipts for our sessions to facilitate that process.
Typically, I offer in-person sessions as well as telephone and cyber sessions, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I am only conducting cyber sessions at this time. I use the HIPAA-secure version of the Zoom videoconferencing platform that is end-to-end encrypted.