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

Petra's professional 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.

Drew strives to create a compassionate and supportive therapeutic environment for students of all social identities. Having completed a child and adolescent fellowship at Bellevue/NYU, he appreciates the developmental impact of early trauma. He has a particular interest in mindfulness and how we can make meaning in the face of suffering.

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.

Rachel has well over twenty-five years of 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 Counseling and Psychological Services. She is a recipient of the "Heroine Award" from the Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center. The award identified her "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.

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.

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.

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.

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 proficient in Korean.

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.