“I trust you, my client, to let me know if I'm reaching you where you need assistance and support.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As a person who survived childhood sexual abuse, I knew that I wanted to make the world a better place for others who have been impacted by this form of domestic violence. I graduated from Princeton University with an AB in psychology and I knew I needed to do more. So, I went to graduate school. After completing my training and education in 2004 at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, I began practicing as a psychotherapist. In addition to caring for clients via virtual settings, I have experience practicing in inpatient psychiatric settings, inpatient forensic settings, outpatient psychiatric settings, and outpatient forensic settings as well as private practice settings.
What should someone know about working with you?
When working with me, you will no doubt hear me say that I reserve the right to be wrong about anything. I trust you, my client, to let me know if I'm reaching you where you need assistance and support. I ask tons of questions and will answer as many as possible to make sure we are on the same path to your healing. I tend to work most often with adults who are struggling with the aftereffects of childhood sexual abuse and/or other forms of sexual violence. As a proud lesbian member of the rainbow family, I am always open to helping my family members reach their goals for growth and self-discovery.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
My doctoral dissertation focused on the connection between client sexual orientation and mental health service delivery. Through research already in the field and through my own study, I was saddened to find that there is still a tendency to overpathologize those of us who identify as lesbian. As a result, I am committed to ensuring anyone who meets me on their clinical path to recovery is seen for the person they are and not for what someone else has painted them to be. So, I listen, I feel, I trust, and I stay with rainbow family members (especially lesbians) as they find their path to healing.
“As a proud lesbian member of the rainbow family, I am always open to helping my family members reach their goals for growth and self-discovery.”