“I believe that every person, regardless of how they identify, deserves to have access to the tools that will help them find meaning, fulfillment, and a sense of calm in this life.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I started my career as a public school teacher in Newark, New Jersey, seeking a role of service after shifting from my original plan of becoming a professional violinist. It only took a few months of teaching third grade to recognize my desire to focus more on the mental health needs of my students and their families and so, I began my career as a social worker. I've worked in schools and school-based programs throughout the city, helping children and adults learn the skills necessary to manage anxiety and find joy in their daily lives. My experience in a variety of settings has equipped me with the empathy and tools necessary to support others through their healing journeys. I believe that every person, regardless of how they identify, deserves to have access to the tools that will help them find meaning, fulfillment, and a sense of calm in this life.
What should someone know about working with you?
Although my practice draws from a variety of psychodynamic, behavioral, and cognitive interventions and theories, my approach is rooted in mindfulness. I will work with you to identify your strengths so that we can use these as a foundation for growth. Together, we will practice strategies like breathing techniques and other mindfulness practices that will not only bring healing in the moment but will equip you to build positive habits around the way you perceive and speak to yourself, the way you manage intense emotions, the way you connect with others, and the way you connect with your body (your home). Anxiety is real and can be truly painful, but I am here to help you change your relationship with anxiety so you can start to feel better and be a little gentler with yourself along the way.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I love attending workshops and conferences to learn about current research and to interact with other mental health care professionals. I've always found inspiration from the experiences and journeys of my colleagues and feel grateful to have had the opportunity to work with and learn from so many incredible people over the years. Maintaining those connections is a priority for me, not only because of how much I gain from them but because of how they help me to better serve you and your unique needs.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I've spent the last decade of my life working with children and families of diverse backgrounds throughout New York City, all with their own unique strengths and needs, and I have been a witness to the positive impact of high-quality and accessible mental health services. I remain humbled by the people I've spent time with over the years and am evermore inspired to share my knowledge and resources with those who are seeking support for their wellbeing. I am committed to maintaining an antiracist practice and continuously seek opportunities to further my growth as an ally to social justice. I am inspired by you and am dedicated to your empowerment as an autonomous and innately worthy human.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am so excited to see that therapy is trending! I believe everyone should see a therapist the way they see a dentist or a hairstylist. As a culture, we are finally starting to embrace and celebrate the importance of caring for our mental health and it's so exciting to see this being validated instead of stigmatized.
“Although my practice draws from a variety of psychodynamic, behavioral, and cognitive interventions and theories, my approach is rooted in mindfulness.”