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.

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.

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.