Trauma Support

Below is a list of psychologists and social workers who participate on our trauma team and may be especially good matches for survivors of traumatic experiences of all kinds, including sexual or other physical violence, harassment, or discrimination. Please note that if your situation is urgent and a particular counselor is not immediately available, it is generally not wise delaying in seeking assistance. It is best to initiate treatment with a counselor who is more immediately available; you are always welcome to transfer to a different counselor at a later date.

SVR survivor advocates and prevention coordinators as well as other Columbia Health professionals can facilitate access to a member of the CPS trauma team; you need only ask.


Petra Amrani, Ph.D.

Petra's professinal interests include depression, anxiety, trauma, identity issues, closeness and connection/isolation and loneliness, and the ability to adjust to life's changes. She is training in the treatment model of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy for work with trauma. Petra is fluent in Swedish.

Eugenia Cherkasskaya, Ph.D.

Eugenia's professional interests include sexual health and women's sexuality, couples therapy, relationship and identity difficulties, developmental issues specific to emerging adulthood, and trauma. Eugenia is fluent in Russian.

Rachel Efron, Ph.D. (Team Leader)

Rachel has well over twenty-five years’ experience working with trauma survivors with a specialty in sexual assault, sexual abuse, partner violence, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues. A longtime advisor to the Barnard Columbia Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center, she currently offers a group for Women Survivors of Sexual Abuse at CPS. She is a recipient of the RC/AVSC "Heroine Award"  "as a trailblazer in the Anti-Violence movement who not only shaped our community at Columbia, but has changed the course of history”. Rachel is a member the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

Carolina Franco, Ph.D.

Carolina has experience and specialized training working with survivors of interpersonal violence and childhood sexual abuse. She is particularly interested in understanding and harnessing the resilience in people with marginalized identities who have experienced trauma. Her other professional interests include addictions, harm reduction psychotherapy, as well as the treatment for anxiety and mood disorder. She has experience with, and interest in group, couple, and family therapy modalities. Carolina is fluent in Spanish.

Adam Johnson, Psy.D.

Adam completed his graduate training with an emphasis in traumatic stress psychology and has focused on a wide variety of issues such as combat, disasters, accidents or life-threatening illness, and interpersonal violence. In particular, Adam has worked closely with issues related to terminal illness and death, working in hospice and palliative care settings with veterans and their families. Adam seeks to create a safe space with survivors of trauma that allows for exploration of emotions and healing. Further, he integrates a strong understanding of the broader structural and systemic factors that impact survivors’ experience of trauma (i.e. gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, ability level, age, religion, socioeconomic status).

Diana Morrobel, Ph.D.

Diana has extensive experience in working trauma survivors particularly within the Latino community.  Her professional interests include treating anxiety and mood disorders, issues related to individuation and separation, family and interpersonal conflicts, and group psychotherapy. Diana is fluent in Spanish.

Addette Williams, Ph.D.

Addette’s professional interests and experience include the psychological effects of trauma, the mental health of people of color, and the integration of psychodynamically informed therapy with mindfulness-based practices, and couples and gender issues. She has trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and facilitates a mindfulness group here on campus.

Patricia Yoon, Ph.D.

Patricia's professional interests include integrative treatment approaches to trauma, minority mental health, depression and anxiety, and addictions. She is a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Patricia is fluent in Korean.

Support Groups

CPS offers special programs and groups for survivors of sexual trauma, including, when there is sufficient student interest, groups for Women Healing from Sexual Abuse in Childhood or Adolescence and a Women's Sexual Assault Support Group. Please visit our Group Therapy page for more complete information about all CPS groups offered this semester.


Last updated August 25, 2017