I am a bicultural (Dominican-American), bilingual therapist that specializes in working with individuals and families impacted by trauma, depression, anxiety and immigration-related issues (e.g., family unit separation, adaptation and adjustment while holding onto one’s own culture). I also work with couples in inter-racial/inter-cultural relationships to increase their ability to have conversations about race, and navigate cultural differences in their relationships.
I use a holistic approach that considers the interaction between my clients’ psychological and physical health, spirituality, race, culture, day-to-day experiences, and relationships. I engage my clients in a warm, relatable and compassionate manner. I offer a practical style that balances helping my clients gain insight with finding the skills to effectively manage their concerns. I aim to support my clients in increasing their confidence in navigating life’s challenges and their relationships.
My journey to becoming a therapist was incited by the separation that is common for immigrant families. Before I was born, my parents immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic, leaving behind their two young daughters (my older sisters) in search of a better future. While in the U.S., they had me and, when I was about six years old, their hard work paid off and they were able to reunite my sisters with our family. This separation to my family unit caused undeniable pain and confusion, and impacted all of us in different ways.
As a child, I was aware of feeling deep sadness for my sisters, who had spent most of their early childhood without our parents. I was also keenly aware of the pain (sadness and guilt) that my parents carried for the many special moments and milestones they had missed in my sisters’ young lives. With the hope of lessening the pain of my family, I found myself in the role of trying to help my family communicate better and strive for understanding. This experience influenced my desire to become a therapist and laid the groundwork for what would become my life’s passion: helping others work through their own difficult experiences.
I am invested in accepting you wherever you are and guiding our therapeutic work at a pace that is tailored to you and your needs. I am dedicated to being present with you, showing you acceptance while also challenging you with love. It will be a privilege for me to be a witness for you and the richness of your inner life.
I specialize in helping individuals, couples and families communicate better. I use a holistic approach to work with individuals, couples, and families of color, impacted by trauma, expected and unexpected life transitions, anxiety, and/or depression. My aim is to help my clients feel more empowered, accepting of themselves, and in control of their life. I work with couples navigating transitions, cultural differences, and conflict, supporting them to identify the patterns that are in their way and explore healthy and effective ways to communicate and strengthen their emotional bond with each other. I also provide coaching and/or family therapy to help parents and children communicate better so they can feel more emotionally connected to each other.
I hold a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Fordham University, which was focused on client-centered care. I received specialized training and have extensive experience in providing trauma-informed care to people of various ages including children, adolescents, adults and families.
I grew up in the South with the richness of southern black culture, in the care of my paternal grandparents. My family’s culture was one that prioritized education, the church, and success. Though I felt very supported by my grandparents, my family culture was also one that devalued emotion, which left me with lots of unanswered questions, especially in the face of major transitions. My father was trained as a social worker and, at some point, he became more willing to communicate more openly with me, including setting up protected time to talk about life, our feelings and the underlying reasons for decisions. This was deeply empowering for me and critical for my wellbeing. Even more, it strengthened my bond with my father.
My lived experience has taught me about the importance of relationships and the power of communication for healing. This, along with the observation of my father’s passion and dedication to his clients inspired me to become a social worker. Being a therapist has not only enhanced my ability to support individuals and families to develop their ability to communicate, it has also enhanced my own communication and relationships.
I am passionate about my relationships, reading a good book and listening to some bomb music—these things fuel my joy for life and my work. I am also passionate about providing a safe, culturally relevant experience for individuals, families, and couples who work with me. I encourage transparency, vulnerability and knowledge building in my work and am dedicated to helping you feel more comfort with being uncomfortable, as I believe that to be necessary for growth. I am committed to relating to you in an authentic way, offering you transparency, and partnering with you in every step of our work so that you can feel confident that you are not alone and that I am alongside you.
Working with LGBTQ/GNC clients, especially clients of color, is what HC has always been passionate about. As a queer, masculine-of-center/trans-masculine, Black clinician, HC is dedicated to not only working with the communities that mirror her own marginalized identities, but also those who fall within, between, and among populations facing oppression and discrimination. Struggling with identity conceptualization often takes the shape of anxiety and/or depression, while other significant factors such as trauma histories can add complicated layers to the healing process. HC is dedicated to working alongside her clients on their individual and/or collective (with partners) journey.
Despite wanting to work with forensic populations, HC has always desired working within her LGBTQ/GNC community. From her own experience, HC is distinctly aware of the ways in which the mental health field lacks representation of her own identities, as well as the identities of her many LGBTQ/GNC friends. HC’s unique childhood, in which she was raised by radical lesbian mothers, has fueled her aspiration to be a source of support for the marginalized identities that she has always embodied. As a queer, Black, masculine-of-center individual, HC has been on a lifelong journey to understand and conceptualize her identity in relation to the world around her.
Drawing from my unique background and expertise in cross cultural communication and acculturation challenges, I specialize in working with individuals, couples and families from bicultural, mixed race and migration backgrounds. I mindfully hold space for those within the LGBTQ community in a co-created, emotionally safe environment. I am particularly gifted in helping multiracial and multicultural couples better identify the source of their relationship dissatisfaction within the full context of each individual’s identity. I provide them with the tools that will help them co-create the type of relationship they want to experience.
My focus is on mindfully assisting you on your journey towards self-actualization, inner peace and improving your quality of life, in a warm, collaborative, effective and engaging way. My eclectic approach draws from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the Ackerman Relational Approach, Emotionally Focused Therapy, the Gottman Method and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. I utilize these methods to tailor personalized care that honors your unique lived experiences and the identities you carry.
I received my Master of Social Work (MSW) with a dual focus in Clinical Practice and Social Policy from New York University, here in New York City. I completed my undergraduate studies during a decade long stint abroad, earning a dual Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and International Relations from the American University of Sharjah in the UAE. I have extensive post graduate training with a special interest in utilizing an actively anti-racist, trauma informed approach that is collaborative through and through. I have trained with the Ackerman Institute, the Gottman Institute, the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, the Beck Institute and the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy. I have a special interest in holistic health and also use Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) interventions.
My journey began in Brooklyn. I was a first-generation child of immigrants. Growing up as a native Brooklynite in the 1980’s was one thing – adding on my additional identities as a first-generation Afro-Arab Yemeni Muslim woman with an inheritance of colonial and inter-generational trauma was something else. It became clear to me as a mental health professional that trauma was inherently part and parcel of the immigrant experience. Our parent’s generation was a traumatized one, and it was through no fault of their own.
Leaning into each of my respective identities has given me great insight into exploring and healing from racial trauma and internalized oppression. Consciously creating more space for our racial identities to exist and expand is a form of radical acceptance for us, as communities of color. When I experienced this for myself, my commitment to helping others achieve emotional freedom took on a whole new meaning.
The richness of my lived experiences within multiple contexts gave me a lot of food for thought. Having to navigate oppressive systems that lacked any representation from a young age was eye opening, confusing and enraging. I was determined to make an impact by being a vessel of representation and by disrupting the status quo. I was determined to use the richness of my upbringing, which was heavily rooted in culture and community, along with the wealth of knowledge I acquired on my travels and a decade spent living abroad to help individuals and couples from marginalized communities feel truly seen, heard and understood.
I am deeply passionate about emotional health and overall well-being. I am committed to approaching my work from a holistic standpoint and believe the human body is one of the most understated resources we have for our healing. Part of my commitment involves me living my life authentically and openly. I regularly work to deepen my mindfulness and meditation practices, and I’m passionate about teaching my three-year-old that our bodies and minds are powerful resources we can access at any time, when we feel safe. I remain a wholehearted believer in the power of the human spirit. Within the depths of our resilience lays our magic.
As your coach, I will partner with you on your journey to identify and live in integrity with your personal purpose, in a society where race is central and racism deteriorates relationships. I love when you make strides toward your personal goals and highest self.
I specialize in coaching that provides clients with the tools to thrive in relationships and collaborate in a society where race matters. I am your journey partner; I have vast experience with holding and challenging people across the country to love their purpose more than fear.
I am a gifted coach and journey partner to Black, Brown, Asian, and Indigenous people. I equip people of color with tools to challenge the ways that racism and other inhumanities harm relationships and keep them on the margins. As a Black male, I value and hold space for people of color whose identities are further marginalized in our society including women and QTPOC. I am a gifted coach and journey partner to White people who aim to develop healthy racial consciousness in order to transform their relationships and feel pride in identifying as anti-racist.
I have nearly 20 years of experience coaching people to elevate toward their purpose. I have practiced with the premier global coaches and transformation leaders. I am experienced in coaching people of color across the country to live in integrity with their purpose while operating in relationships and collaborations that may make it challenging to be their most conscious and best selves. I am also experienced in coaching White people across the country to develop greater racial consciousness and stand in integrity with their life purpose. I have a Masters degree in Educational Administration, am a Licensed K-12 Principal, and am currently completing my doctoral degree with my dissertation focused on eliminating racism in organizations and communities.
By the time I was a senior in High School, I was a teen father, involved in a gang known across the country. My mother did not allow me to attend my High School graduation for fear that I would be shot walking across the stage. Fast forward 25 years… I was a successful school Principal where I turned around a failing school to being at the top in my state for our work to close racial achievement gaps. I coached and consulted with people personally and professionally across the country to accelerate toward their purpose and to experience greater success in everyday life. How did I make it? As a Black man, I would not be here today if it were not for awesome personal and professional coaching that challenged and held me to live every day in integrity with my purpose. My journey continues by partnering with you to identify and reach your goals and live your purpose.
I am passionate about my wife, my children, and building and maintaining a relationship base where love, consciousness, liking each other, and a pursuit of our highest selves is foundational. I am passionate about coaching people to live in integrity with their purpose every day.