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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is it like to work with you?
    In our sessions, I prioritize creating a welcoming and supportive environment where you can feel truly heard and valued. My approach involves gently encouraging you to explore the deeper meanings behind your actions while also recognizing and building on the strengths you already possess. This process is designed to help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself, which can enhance your ability to manage your emotions and navigate challenging situations with greater ease and confidence.
  • What are your top 3 strengths as a therapist?
    As a therapist, my three core strengths are transparency, collaboration, and a commitment to continuous learning. I believe in maintaining complete openness with you about all aspects of therapy, including our mutual commitments, confidentiality agreements, and costs. This transparency ensures that you have a thorough understanding of our journey together. In terms of collaboration, I see our therapeutic relationship as a partnership where we co-create the healing environment. I am keenly attuned to your needs and preferences, whether that involves activities like crocheting together, listening to music, engaging in gentle stretching, or even pausing our conversations when they become intense. This approach ensures that the therapy space adapts to what feels most supportive and therapeutic for you at any given moment. Lastly, I am dedicated to ongoing education. I actively seek out knowledge through books, workshops, and dialogues with community advocates. This learning helps me better understand diverse experiences and identities, such as the impacts of systemic racism and the nuances of transgender identity, ensuring that I can support you effectively without requiring you to educate me.
  • What should I expect in our initial sessions?
    In our initial sessions together, we'll carefully lay the groundwork for a supportive and understanding therapeutic relationship. During these first 2-3 meetings, our focus will be on creating a comfortable space where we can learn about each other. We’ll discuss your life’s journey, paying special attention to the unique experiences and cultural factors that have shaped your identity and perspectives. This is a collaborative process, and I encourage you to share what feels most relevant and important at your own pace. Together, we will also consider any specific needs or accommodations that support your way of engaging with the world. As we move forward, we will set goals for our therapy that respect and reflect your individual experiences and aspirations, particularly acknowledging the complexities of your identities.
  • What is your work history?
    My professional journey is deeply rooted in advocating for and supporting diverse communities. I have had the privilege of working with and learning from autistic individuals in various settings including personal, educational, and professional environments. My experience extends to a community-based agency where I supported Spanish-speaking Latinas dealing with immigration trauma, domestic violence, and loss. Additionally, I have comprehensive training and personal experience in supporting individuals with diverse sexual and gender identities. This eclectic background fuels my commitment to providing holistic, identity-affirming care to support all facets of your identity. In addition to my therapeutic practice, I serve as an Adjunct Lecturer in the Applied Psychology Department at NYU. This role complements my clinical work, allowing me to further my vision of a future where systemic oppression is dismantled and access to care is expanded for all.
  • How do I begin therapy?
    Create a list of possible therapists. Use therapists directories to read through therapists profiles and write down any one you connect with. The filter tools on these directories can help narrow down your search by insurance coverage, identities, and specialities. Schedule a consultation. Use the therapist's preferred contact method (e.g., email, chat) to reach out and request a consultation. Be sure to contact each therapist on the list you created in step one. Scheduling multiple consultations ensures that you are able to speak with a variety of therapists before settling with the right match for you. Use this helpful guide to prepare for your consultation. Choose a therapist. Once you've had your series of consultations, it is time to reflect! Think about how you felt during the call and what information the therapist shared with you. This can be tricky and involve a balance of considering both your emotional connection and practical matters (e.g., availability, cost). When you've made your decision, reach out to the therapist to schedule your initial session.
  • How do I check my out of network benefits?
    To check your out-of-network (OON) benefits, the most reliable method is to directly contact your insurance company. They can provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding your coverage. Additionally, Zencare offers a detailed step-by-step guide to help you navigate the process of checking your OON benefits. For a quick estimate of your OON coverage, you can also use the Nirvana HIPAA-compliantOON benefits calculator This tool can give you an approximate idea of what your insurance might cover in out-of-network scenarios.
  • What is a 15-Minute Phone Consultation?
    A 15-minute phone consultation is your first step towards understanding what therapy would be like with a therapist. This initial call offers you a comfortable and confidential space to start discussing your reasons for seeking therapy and any questions you might have about the therapist’s methods and approach. The consultation is completely free of charge, making it an accessible way for you to explore your options for healing. For guidance on how to prepare for this call and what to expect, Zencare provides a comprehensive article. You can find it here. If you feel ready to take this step with me, please use this link to schedule your phone consultation at a time that suits you.
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