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Zoe Reyes, LCSW-R
I was born in New York City. My parents are hard-working, warm hearted, lively spirited immigrants from Puerto Rico. I identify as Puerto Rican, specifically as Nuyorican. I'm happy to educate anyone who doesn't know that Puerto Ricans as an ethnic group have a combination of Taino, Spanish and African ancestry.
I obtained a BA in Psychology from Hunter College in 1998. I obtained a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Fordham University in 2004. I'm currently attending the School of Hard Knocks majoring in Resilience.
I knew I wanted to be a therapist at the age of 14 since I was always trying to help friends with their problems. I spent several years working at non-profit organizations as a Case Manager in programs that provided social services for families who were involved with the foster care system or at risk of being involved with the foster care system and medical and social services for persons with HIV/AIDS. I later transitioned to hospital based mental health clinics where I provided psychotherapy services for children and adults.
I care about working with Latinx people and Puerto Ricans because I know from both personal and professional experience the struggles they face and how much of a difference it makes to have support. I care about working with Black people because of the many times I witnessed the mistreatment and neglect of Black people in our society. I have dealt with racism by finding allies where possible and empowering myself to walk away from situations where I felt I was being exploited. There is nothing that I wish was different because I believe things happen exactly the way they need to happen.
I consider myself a Cognitive Behavioral therapist with a Psychodynamic understanding. Clients have shared that they appreciate my perceptive, humanity, ability to help them laugh in hard times, and find hope, joy and light in darkness. I consider their words among the most important compliments I have ever received.
I love dancing to salsa and 90s hip hop and going to the beach.