“Our therapeutic relationship will be built in a supportive, judgment-free atmosphere of empathy, trust, honesty, transparency, respect, and safety.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My family has been through a lot and overcame a lot. My parents and grandparents lived through WWII in an occupied Eastern European country, so I was always told incredible stories of human survival, strength, and resilience. This instilled faith and optimism in me and taught me that humans not only have the ability to overcome the worst of obstacles, but can thrive in spite of them. Even as a little girl, I remember reading everything I could get my hands on that dealt with topics related to psychology, especially relationships. My parents played bridge in our house with other couples each and every weekend, which gave me a great opportunity to observe marital interactions on a regular basis. I kept noticing that many of those marriages had problems and didn’t seem terribly happy, and I couldn’t help but think that there had to be a better way. This inspired me to pursue both my doctorate and master’s degree in counseling with an emphasis on marriage and family therapy.
What should someone know about working with you?
No two individuals are the same so I tailor our sessions to address challenges unique to you. I will use flexible, inclusive, and integrative therapeutic approaches and customize them to fit your distinctive needs and unique situation. Our sessions will be a safe space for you to fully express yourself and explore your thoughts and feelings. Our therapeutic relationship will be built in a supportive, judgment-free atmosphere of empathy, trust, honesty, transparency, respect, and safety. We will start with an assessment that’ll allow me to get to know you better. Then, we will work together to understand the root cause of your struggles, address them with long-lasting strategies, and help you get closer to the life you’ve always wanted. We will explore your feelings, circumstances, and options. I will help you in your journey to self-discovery, work with you on coping with what is right in front of you, and help you navigate the present while addressing the future.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I have always wanted to learn more, read more, and know more. I started attending continuing education seminars designed for already practicing therapists even prior to beginning my master’s degree. After I finished that degree, I was still starved for more knowledge so I right away began working on my PhD. Since then, I've continued learning and improving my skills by taking countless continuing education courses and reading numerous books and articles. I also collaborate with other therapists on a regular basis. I remain curious and constantly strive to learn and improve.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I’m incredibly excited about telehealth, especially its recent growth, popularity, accessibility, and affordability. Countless people who weren’t able to get help before can do it now through their electronic devices in seconds from wherever they are.
I’m also immensely happy to see the continuous trend to destigmatize therapy and further accept and embrace openness about seeking professional help. These days, more and more people understand that you don’t have to be seriously mentally ill to seek therapy, and that everyone can benefit from talking to an objective third party who is not connected to their immediate circle of family and friends. A lot more people are reaching out to therapists and finding somebody who will listen to them, let them vent, be their sounding board, and help them process their thoughts and feelings.
I’m also super excited about all the new research that’s been emerging in the field of trauma, as it allows us to treat our clients in new and improved ways.
What would you like to say to those who are deciding if they should talk to you?
First, I would ask them a few questions, such as, “Are you facing problems in your relationship? Are you feeling stressed, irritable, overwhelmed, anxious, and just not your usual self? Are you tired of struggling and want to regain a sense of the calm, peace, and happiness that got lost somewhere along the way? Have you tried to solve the problems in your life on your own and realized you need help from someone else?”
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you have made the right choice by being here. Whether your relationship seems to have lost its spark or you’re struggling with communication issues, finding yourself angrier and more burned out than usual, or having a hard time adjusting to change or a life transition, you're in the right place!
I know seeking help can be hard. You might have been debating seeking help for a while (maybe even months, if not years). I’m so glad you have taken the courageous step of being here. Together, we can figure out how to equip you with the necessary tools to help you face and overcome your challenges. Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, relationship problems, stress, trauma, loss, or adjustment issues, it is important to know that you don’t have to undertake this journey by yourself. I want you to know that you are not alone. I have the experience to help you achieve your goals, overcome your struggles, and live a more fulfilling and meaningful life. I will work with you every step of the way to bring back the peace and happiness that you have longed for.
“I will help you in your journey to self-discovery, work with you on coping with what is right in front of you, and help you navigate the present while addressing the future.”