Welcome to Manhattan Multicultural Counseling Telehealth Services
I am a multicultural therapist based in New York City with over twenty years of experience in cross-cultural psychology. I use a universal approach and an interactive style. I enjoy working with clients of all ages and backgrounds, and I have extensive experience with youth and families.
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Some of you may know of our successful and highly recognized Youth Program-MMSY at the United Nations. (For further information, please see www.mmcnyc.com.) Due to global pandemic, the UN facility has been closed and we are not running our Youth Program until further notice.
Due to the rising mental health crisis during COVID-19 pandemic, I am prioritizing our work to provide mental health services to YOUTH and their families.
More than ever, our human family around the world needs to come together in solidarity to overcome the #COVID19 pandemic.
I am concerned about the large proportion of population who need help but are not stepping up to receive care due to fear of stigma and cultural barriers.
We live in a culturally diverse and interconnected world. We can ALL manage our wellbeing by overcoming the stigma and barriers that prevent us from seeking treatment for a wide variety of mental and emotional issues.
Culture and diversity influence many aspects of our mental health. What is communicated to us about our symptoms can exacerbate stress and contribute to mental illness.
Mental disorders occur across all cultures and at all stages of life. If not treated, risk factors increase and may lead to other health problems. Youth are especially vulnerable during the pandemic as social isolation and the ensuing anxiety add to vulnerability for those with low self-esteem, depression/anxiety, and issues with bullying. Mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety start as early as age 14. Youth are vulnerable to significant thoughts of suicide and self-harm between age 11 to 17.
Mental health is of paramount importance, not only for personal well-being, but to improve family relationships and an individual’s ability to contribute to society.
Everyone has the right to be a mentally alert, physically healthy, emotionally secure, and socially competent person. Remember, there is no health without mental health and social well-being! In offering my Mental Telehealth counseling services, I hope my small action will make a big difference in your life.
Techniques I Use
I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Together we identify the problems, then we modify maladaptive behavior, thoughts and emotions, and replace them with socially appropriate behavior.
I welcome clients of diverse backgrounds and orientations. Whether you grew up in an individualistic or collectivist society, you may experience difficulty with low self-esteem, identity confusion, social anxiety, or immigration and acculturation issues because your feelings have never been validated due to cultural stigma.
My approach is drawn from a various modalities and techniques and is tailored to the client’s unique needs. Depending on your individual situation, my goal is to help build self-awareness, problem-solving skills and coping strategies, and to assist you in harmonizing your relationships through more effective communication. Through establishing trust, respect, mutual understanding and, of course with humor, together we will tackle the problems, and help you to achieve solid self-esteem.
According to Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities (adopted by General Assembly Resolution 47/135 of 18 December 1992)
“Article 4:4 --States should, where appropriate, take measures in the field of education, in order to encourage knowledge of the history, traditions, language and culture of minorities existing within their territory. Persons belonging to minorities should have adequate opportunities to gain knowledge of the society as a whole.”
"Tolerance: Human beings must respect one another in all their diversity of belief, culture and language. Differences within and between societies should be neither feared nor repressed, but cherished as a precious asset of humanity.”
-Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary-General, 2000