THE DBT TEAM
I bring a feminist, queer-affirming perspective to my practice of psychotherapy, focusing on non-judgmental, collaborative, and behaviorally-specific interventions. I will work with you to improve functioning, reduce distress, and increase long-term, positive consequences based on your goals and values. I have clinical experience with Bipolar Disorders, Depression, Anxiety & Phobias, Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors, Trauma, Disordered Eating, Identity Issues/Confusion, Substance Use/Addiction, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Grief/Loss. The interplay between change and acceptance is very important to my clinical orientation; utilizing your strengths, our work will always come from a place of compassion. You are the expert on your life.
Chrissandra Andra, MS, LCSW, DBT Program Manager, Clinical Supervisor
Everyone comes to The Work in their own way, for their own reasons, in their own time. For some, that reason is to seek a safe space to explore and grow as they need. For others it's a dedicated ear and a mind trained to help them resolve emotional conflicts, stress, anxiety, and depression. Still others long to be seen and embraced (in all of their complexity and nuance). Whatever journey has led you here, my goal is to help you step into the fullness of your beautiful self and live the best life possible. My therapeutic style is integrative, person-centered, and anti-oppressive, with a focus on empowerment and embodied change. All services are: Kink, Poly/CNM, SW, and neurodiversity affirming.
Alayo Bascome, LMSW
I strive to create a therapeutic space where you will not be pathologized, where your strengths will be recognized, and your vulnerability kept safe. I hope that our work together might help you navigate life changes, gain insight into frustrating patterns of behavior, improve relationships in your life, and/or explore and heal from trauma. I have training and expertise in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and draw from anti-oppressive and liberatory therapeutic approaches to uplift the expertise my clients also bring to our treatment. Often my clients identify as LGBTQ, trans, non-binary, ethically non-monogamous, kink and BDSM-oriented, sex workers, creatives, and activists. DBT and mindfulness inform my approach to relationship counseling. In relationship counseling I invite partners to come together to learn skills to mitigate conflict, tolerate distress, communicate, and attune to each other.
Lauren Clapp, LCSW
Celebration of our authentic selves can create a space for healing. Acting in line with our values can build a platform of self-love. Setting and achieving our goals can instill a sense of agency and purpose in our lives. I aim to serve as a support for empowerment through self-discovery, self-acceptance, and becoming your best. I am poly/ENM/kink/queer/trans-affirming and we will co-create a space that honors your identity. You define your life worth living. We actualize it together.
Rebecca-Emma Kaplan, LMSW
Therapy is a courageous investment in yourself. It’s not always easy so I prioritize creating a warm and nonjudgmental healing environment that balances acceptance and change. As a queer Latinx therapist I believe each person is the expert of their own life and I encourage my clients to decide for themselves what their life worth living looks like. Together we’ll take steps towards building you a life that honors your emotions lived experiences sexuality gender race ethnicity nationality and/or lifestyle. I have clinical experience with adults and families in English and Spanish and I am part of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) team at Dr. Pitagora’s practice. I work from an anti-oppressive lens and all of my work is queer and trans affirming pleasure kink poly CNM and SW positive. I work on a sliding scale and I currently have limited openings for new clients (virtual and in-person). Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions to discuss fees or to schedule a free consultation call.
Paula Carrizosa, LMSW
I’m a queer, South Asian, DBT therapist-in-training completing my MSW at Columbia School of Social Work. Through radical compassion, acceptance, and imagination, we will fully embrace all versions of you: present, past, and future. I balance being validating and warmly challenging so you can move toward a life worth living, as you define it, and at a safe pace for you. I also enjoy integrating somatic and spiritual practices for embodied healing. As a team, we'll discover ways you can navigate your internal and external worlds with emotional flexibility and effectiveness.
I look forward to working with LGBTQ+ and neurodiverse clients, immigrants or children of immigrants, those navigating religious upbringings, or anyone seeking trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, affirming therapy.
I am a therapist-in-training at the Columbia School of Social Work, in the final year of my MSW. I am trained in and primarily offer Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). I welcome individuals from all backgrounds, and will work to honor your identities and lived experiences. I approach therapy through a trauma-informed and anti-oppressive lens, and I strive to create a nonjudgmental, healing environment in which your strengths and expertise are valued and recognized. I aim to strike a balance between acceptance and change in our work together to assist you in creating a life of freedom, authenticity, and community.