“I have specialized training in the treatment of PTSD, substance use disorders, and co-occurring conditions, such as depression and anxiety.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My mother was a nurse, and her commitment to her patients was inspirational. When I learned about the field of psychology, I immediately knew that becoming a psychologist was the career path perfect for me. I love to help others and assist my clients on their roads to recovery. After graduating with a degree in applied psychology from New York University, I worked as a research coordinator on a project that aimed to better understand and treat PTSD and co-occurring disorders. I simultaneously attended Columbia University to get a master’s degree and then attended Hofstra University to earn a PhD in clinical psychology. I have specialized training in the treatment of PTSD, substance use disorders, and co-occurring conditions, such as depression and anxiety. I am grateful for my broad range of clinical experience, which has allowed me to develop the expertise needed to help a wide variety of individuals who are experiencing mental health difficulties.
What should someone know about working with you?
When I start to work with a new client, the process begins with an intake session where I will ask you questions about yourself and your background. This assessment will help us to collaboratively develop a treatment plan to work toward your therapeutic goals. The evidence-based therapies that I provide are cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and subspecialty CBT treatments, which involve at-home assignments that will help you practice the skills and tools we discuss in sessions. I enjoy working with a wide variety of concerns. The most common problems that I work with are PTSD, depressive disorders, and anxiety disorders.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
The research that I have worked on has inspired me and informed my practice. While working in the PTSD Research Program at the NYU Medical Center, I developed in-depth knowledge of PTSD and co-occurring anxiety, depression, and substance use problems. This research experience shaped my trajectory and my decision to specialize in treating trauma and the effects of trauma on mental health and wellbeing. I have researched and studied the benefits of using mindfulness and meditation in conjunction with cognitive behavioral therapy. I have also studied the benefits of using transdiagnostic CBT, which allows the client and therapist to address multiple mental health concerns with one unified treatment protocol. I enjoy the research process and it is wonderful to learn about and witness the positive effects that therapeutic skills can have on clients’ lives.
“I am grateful for my broad range of clinical experience, which has allowed me to develop the expertise needed to help a wide variety of individuals who are experiencing mental health difficulties.”