“I am certified in cognitive behavioral therapy but my approach is eclectic and is adapted to meet individual or group needs.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Growing up, I was always drawn to helping others and found it to be something I was good at and thoroughly enjoyed. I received my bachelor’s from Towson University and then completed the clinical social work master’s program at NYU. I interned with children and their families in both a school and inpatient psychiatric setting and upon graduating, worked in the ER doing primarily victim services, psychiatric assessments, and crisis management. I went on to work as a psychiatric social worker on an adult psychiatric unit and then as a group therapist and clinical supervisor of a day services program, which was really when I learned that therapy was my passion. While working at the day services program, I provided individual and group therapy to adults with mental health concerns. It was during this time that I completed a certification program in cognitive behavioral therapy and utilized this technique as well as others to help my clients reach their individualized goals.
What should someone know about working with you?
The initial few sessions are primarily to learn about who you are and what brings you to therapy. Once we have gotten a better understanding of your background, we will work on planning treatment and setting goals based on individual needs. I am certified in cognitive behavioral therapy but my approach is eclectic and is adapted to meet individual or group needs. In some instances, homework or practice will be assigned and may involve mindfulness, self- assessments, or journaling as appropriate.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited that mental health treatment is expanding. I am happy telehealth treatment is available, as it helps to provide greater access to care. I find telehealth to be a fabulous alternative (or addition) to traditional in-office therapy, as it allows those with busy schedules or a lack of providers in their area the ability to be seen at times that are convenient to them while selecting providers that best match their needs.
“In some instances, homework or practice will be assigned and may involve mindfulness, self- assessments, or journaling as appropriate.”