About My Clients
Social interactions and performance situations can feel like landmines for disaster. The social anxiety "monster" tells you everything that is wrong with you and ruins your confidence. I help my clients feel mo empowered in these situations. I help them take the weight out of the anxiety by using research-supported strategies to enable them to dismantle negative internalized beliefs. Navigating life with the social anxiety monster in your ear is tricky. Let's work to rid you of that burden!
My Background and Approach
I am a Clinical/Health Psychologist based at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. I use empirically-supported treatments to help my clients make lasting changes using the shortest number of sessions. I am trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), but utilize multiple other approaches (e.g., DBT & ACT) to help clients meet their goals. CBT can often help to address cognitive and behavioral drivers of the problems clients are experiencing, but can sometimes be invalidating as its premise is that problems are caused because of the way YOU are thinking. I incorporate DBT, which takes into account invalidating environments and other causes of current complaints rather than just the client themselves. As such, most clients find my style to be appropriately challenging, yet very affirming and supportive.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
My personal philosophy is that many of us are navigating a world that was not built for us and few people are privileged in all aspects. Most of us possess some characteristic or identity that is not fully embraced or is invalidated by our environment. This could be due to race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, mood state, occupation, parenthood status, etc. or any intersections therein. I realized this with my own personal identity as a gay Black male. What the world doesn't teach us is that these identities are also a strength. As such, I seek to provide a validating and affirming environment in which people can discuss their issues and work towards their therapy goals.