Trauma Support

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.

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.

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.

Arthur has experience working with individuals who are in acute distress and suffering after being exposed to a traumatic event. He is committed to fostering a safe space in order to facilitate healing. He believes that the healing process is an important foundation to cultivate resilience with the idea of empowering the individual to navigate challenges and to cope with stressors. Arthur is interested in understanding the impact of systems on marginalized communities, social justice advocacy in the mental health field, and Asian American issues. He is fluent in Korean. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology at Adelphi University.  He is licensed as a psychologist in New York and has various experiences in both acute hospital settings and college counseling centers.

Manali works from trauma-informed care principles in her therapeutic approach. She seeks to create a collaborative, safe, and non-judgmental space to meet the students where they are at. She focuses on understanding the mind-body connection to foster resilience and healing. She is trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure specifically for traumatic experiences, and she regularly uses principles of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and other mindfulness-based practices as appropriate. Her clinical interests include but are not limited to intergenerational trauma, immigration/migration trauma, sexual trauma, traumatic experiences in childhood, and the ways in which trauma impacts one’s daily life. Manali is a clinical psychologist licensed in the state of New York. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Toledo and has experience working in community mental health, hospital, and college settings. She is fluent in Bengali and Hindi.

Marcia Stern joined Columbia Health in 2019.  Prior to joining Columbia, she worked as a Military Sexual Trauma Counselor for the Department of Veterans Affairs Readjustment Counseling Service.  Marcia has supervised numerous treatment and clinical research projects including a treatment effectiveness trial for children and adolescents exposed to the events of 9/11 at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Jewish Board of Children & Family Services, assessment of a school-based suicide prevention screen at the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University, and training student law guardians in mental health issues at the Hofstra University School of Law.

Marcia received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from St. John's University, her B.A. in Psychology from Brooklyn College.  She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psychiatric Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

Marcia has extensive experience in treating survivors of trauma including sexual trauma, child abuse and neglect, and exposure to war and to community violence. 

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.

Support Groups

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.