The trauma support team consists of a group of 8-10 psychologists and one social worker who provide specialized trauma-focused care to students who seek services at Counseling & Psychological Services (CPS). Members of the team have training in understanding the unique ways in which trauma affects the mind and body and integrate this into ethical practices with our students. We provide consultation and assessment of student's symptoms and determine an appropriate treatment plan accordingly. Generally, students will receive one of the following services from our team: referrals to treatment on or off campus, social work consultation, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, and referrals to psychiatric services at CPS or off campus.
Please see below for a list of current Trauma Support Team members, with a brief description of who we are.
Andrew is interested in working with a variety of student concerns, including coping with traumatic experiences, anxiety & depression, identity development, complicated relational issues and family dynamics, major life changes and adjustment, as well as working with couples and students in group settings.
Austin has received formal training in the treatment of trauma- and stressor-related disorders at both the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) and the Samuel S. Stratton VAMC, with emphasis on complex trauma, sexual violence, and military combat. He has worked extensively in communities of color and with queer-identifying populations and strives to be attuned to the compounding effects of minority stress on the lived experience of trauma survivors. His professional interests include the integration of evidence-based practices with relational approaches to trauma treatment.
Motoni's professional interests include the impact of marginalization and intergenerational trauma on our mental health, in particular with immigrants, people of color, and the LGBTQ community. Motoni is fluent in Japanese and Chinese.
Michele Goldman completed her graduate training with an emphasis in traumatic stress psychology. She has worked with survivors of sexual trauma, combat trauma, natural disasters, interpersonal violence, and emotional abuse/neglect. Michele has also worked with survivors of childhood trauma, as well as individuals with sexually problematic behaviors related to their traumas. Michele is particularly interested in re-enactment of traumatic patterns, risk of re-traumatization in survivors, and the long term interpersonal impact of trauma. Michele has been trained in several evidence based psychotherapies including Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Skills Training and Affective and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Michele works to integrate psychoeducation and cognitive behavioral interventions while creating a safe and nonjudgmental space for students to process their experiences.
Vincent has worked with many individuals throughout his career who have experienced emotional, physical, and sexual trauma. His approach to treatment is sensitive, measured, and compassionate. He accepts an individual where they are at the beginning of treatment and then proceeds at a pace set by the individual. He feels it is important to empower the individual at each step of treatment because a sense of powerlessness often accompanies trauma. One of his foremost priorities is to avoid re-traumatization and he hopes to minimize this by establishing a safe and non-judgmental space for individuals. He draws upon his many years of experience and specialized training in trauma to help an individual, hopefully, achieve an improved sense of well-being.
Sherina has experience and specialized training working with survivors of sexual assault, and in particular, survivors of childhood sexual and physical abuse. She is interested in the neurobiology of trauma and incorporates an understanding of both the emotional and physical manifestations of trauma into therapy. Using an array of grounding techniques according to individual needs, Sherina seeks to provide a space which integrates an understanding of the various ways in which survivors of trauma cope (e.g. substance use, maladaptive relationships, social isolation, anger, etc.). She is a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Sherina is fluent in Spanish.
Marcia Stern has a longstanding interest in working with people who have been exposed to trauma. She trained at the Brooklyn VA Medical Center and has worked extensively with veterans who experienced combat trauma, sexual trauma, gender or sexual preference based discrimination and/or racism during military service. She has also worked with survivors of childhood sexual, physical and emotional abuse and community violence, with NYC Corrections Officers who were exposed to work-related trauma, and with children and adolescents affected by the events of 9/11. She is particularly interested in the impact of trauma on self-regulation and risk of re-traumatization. Marcia integrates psycho-education with psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral interventions as needed in group and individual modalities.
Yushi is a bilingual therapist who provides culturally sensitive, trauma-informed and integrated approaches to create a safe and nonjudgmental environment for her students. Professional interests include intergenerational trauma, racial trauma, grief, and loss. Yushi is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Addette’s professional interests and experience include the psychological effects of trauma, the mental health of people of color, the integration of psychodynamically informed therapy with mindfulness-based practices, and couples and gender issues. She has trained in mindfulness-based stress reduction.
When there is sufficient student interest, CPS also offers a variety of support groups that may be of help to trauma survivors, including a Women's Sexual Assault Support Group, a group for Women Healing from Sexual Abuse in Childhood or Adolescence, a Distress Tolerance group and a Mindfulness workshop among others.