If you are a person of color looking for counseling, you know that it is very challenging to find a therapist who is sensitive to issues of culture. The field of psychotherapy has lagged behind in this regard, often failing to understand how our cultural background shapes our everyday emotional and social experience. Sometimes therapists have upheld narrow and offensive assumptions about what cultural values should be more important than others. Given all of this, it would be understandable to think that therapy might be more trouble than it’s worth. You shouldn’t feel that you have to make a choice between respecting your cultural identity and getting skilled support.

My practice is a resource for people who come from communities that may not see therapy as a legitimate source of help. I know that the idea of talking to a professional about your problems and feelings can be seen as strange, disloyal, or shameful. But I also know that culturally-attuned therapy can be an especially useful way to work with the difficult experiences that people of color can go through.

I invite you to
contact me with your questions and doubts so we can explore them together.

I work with individuals and couples on issues like these:

  • Past/current experiences of racism or hate crimes
  • Stress of multiple, contradictory cultural expectations
  • Tension with or need to break with cultural or religious beliefs or practices
  • Sexuality and/or gender expression in relationship to culture
  • Women who are the first in their family to take on a different role
  • Feelings about education, and/or place in the home, workplace, or society
  • Culturally-specific trauma (slavery, genocide, forced or traumatic immigration, internment, culturally sanctioned harsh childrearing practices, racial profiling)
  • The experience of “passing”
  • Couples facing familial, cultural, or religious opposition to being together
  • Interracial couples

I also work with immigrants and their adult children – together or separately – to address relationships that are strained due to generational divisions or cultural gaps that seem hard to bridge.