Trauma Support

The psychologists and social workers below participate on the Counseling and Psychological Services 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.

If your situation is urgent and a particular counselor with whom you would like to work is not immediately available, it is generally not recommended to delay seeking assistance. Rather, 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.

Sexual Violence Response staff can facilitate access to a member of the CPS trauma team upon request.

Trauma Team

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.

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). Adam is fluent in Spanish.

Miriam has worked with trauma survivors in numerous settings, and has helped them process the aftermath of abuse, rape, sexual assault, violence, traumatic loss, and harassment.  Miriam is interested in connecting with students who have experienced a traumatic event since matriculating at Columbia and is also sensitive to the fact that aspects of university life can reactivate traumatic memories from the past.

Dr. Lara first became interested in trauma work during her training as a child and adolescent psychiatrist in Mount Sinai Hospital. She regularly consults with and learns from her colleagues with expertise in the field, and appreciates how complex the consequences of developmental trauma can be. Dr Lara is  interested in identifying individual strengths and skills, but most especially in how resilience can be cultivated and supported.

Ernesto has experience and specialization in working with survivors of trauma across various settings. In particular, he has worked with survivors of both childhood and adult sexual abuse and has specialized in working with male survivors. He is also interested in intergenerational trauma and its impact on the well-being of students of color and the LGBTQ community. He utilizes mindfulness and meditation and other grounding techniques to help lay a foundation in order for students to safely process and explore their trauma histories. 

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.

Hillary’s primary clinical interest is working with individuals who have been exposed to trauma, especially military Veterans. She has trained at the Manhattan VA Medical Center as well as the Nebraska-Western Iowa VA Medical Center working extensively with Veterans who experienced various forms of trauma during their time in service including combat trauma and military sexual trauma. Hillary has been trained in several evidence-based psychotherapies for PTSD including Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR), Concurrent Treatment of PTSD and Substance Use Disorders Using Prolonged Exposure (COPE), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Imagery Rehearsal Therapy (IRT) for the treatment of nightmares. Hillary works to integrate psychoeducation with cognitive behavioral and interpersonal interventions while creating a safe space for individuals to discuss and process their experiences of trauma.

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.

Dr. Talreja has specialized training in working with individuals who have been through a range of traumatic experiences – including childhood sexual, physical and emotional abuse, neglect, relationship traumas, bereavement, health related difficulties, and immigration and acculturation related traumas. She aims to create a safe space where individuals can process their thoughts and feelings related to these difficult experiences at a comfortable pace, and to understand the link to current symptomatology. Dr. Talreja strongly believes in the human capacity for resilience and uses a combination of mindfulness, cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic strategies to address trauma related psychiatric symptoms.

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.

Keoshia is interested in understanding the emotional, social, and physical impact of trauma. She uses trauma-informed work to counter re-traumatization by creating a therapeutic environment that feels safe, non-judgmental, and that is a container for traumatic events. Keoshia’s goal is to prevent the long-term effects of trauma by utilizing psychoeducation and therapy targeted at re-establishing safety, identifying triggers, and developing healthy coping skills.

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.