You want to feel on top of your game at work, and surrounded by people you love and feel connected to.
But anxiety and insecurity from the past, things you thought you'd left behind, rear their head and get in the way of your happiness. Like many people, you've reached out in the middle of a crisis, a "wake up" call that the things that used to work just aren't anymore.
Psychotherapy can help you address the patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving that you may have learned to cope and survive, but which no longer serve you in meeting your needs. Using the best available approaches, I'll help you practice better communication, build stronger relationships, and learn skills for growing your self-confidence.
That way, you can stop repeating the same old patterns that get you stuck, and start living your best life.
I'm a clinical psychologist who helps professionals from diverse communities feel confident and fulfilled in their relationships, and an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine. I earned my doctorate from Rutgers University, where I focused on multicultural psychology, anxiety, and trauma. I originally came from Puerto Rico for my education, and ended up staying and working in New York City (Krispy Kremes *may* have played a role). In my off-time, I'm an avid gamer, and perform regularly as a spoken word artist.
My approach is direct, conversational, and collaborative, grounded in the best available scientific approaches, yet tailored to your specific needs. Sometimes how we behave contradicts how we really feel, and you and I will work together to help you understand the anxiety that fuels your behavior, so you can learn to control it, and have more choices in how you respond to problems. While we work together to hold you accountable to your goals, we also use your feedback to measure how well therapy is working. Research shows that doing that makes therapy twice as effective compared to treatments that don't. I want to make sure these treatments don't just work, but work for you.
Aside from my clinical work, I devote myself in my writing and activism to address racial injustice at the community and public policy level. I'm a liaison to the American Psychological Association on racial and ethnic minority issues, and an activist-scholar in the Nuyorican scene in New York City. As an assistant professor at a school of medicine and a department of psychology, I'm heavily involved in multicultural training, and recruitment and retention of trainees of color--we have to pay it forward.
I work from an intersectional perspective, and strongly believe that caring about your community means caring for all members of your community--especially those with gender non-conforming and sexual minority identities. As a cisgender straight man, I believe that ally-ship to LGBTQIA individuals is not something I can just "claim" for myself, but must earn from those most affected.
That's a bit about me, I'd love to hear about you. If you're struggling and want help, book a free phone consultation. Let's talk!