“We will explore your life narrative, gaining insight that can facilitate greater peace along with significant and lasting changes.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Since I was young, I have been empathic and sensitive to the difficulties that people experience. I believe I possess an innate curiosity that drives me to understand what an individual is going through. I began volunteering at an early age, which gave me a deeper appreciation for both mental and physical suffering. I assisted people in hospitals, nursing homes, and psychiatric inpatient facilities. I wanted to help alleviate the pain of others, and I became dedicated to doing that throughout my adult life. I almost took a different path by pursuing medical school. Ultimately, I recognized that I was more interested in the therapeutic relationship than I was in prescribing psychiatric medications. I studied psychology at The New School and completed my graduate program at NYU. I then went through a four-year, full-time intensive psychotherapy and psychoanalytic training program at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies. I have been a therapist at New York University Medical Center, as well as at several mental health clinics and medical facilities. I have provided individual and group therapy, as well as couple and family therapy.
What should someone know about working with you?
Beginning therapy can cause fear and anxiety. I will be there to guide you and move at a pace that is comfortable for you. I have great passion for what I do, and I aim to stay acutely attuned to what you may be experiencing. I strive to create an empathic, warm, flexible, and collaborative environment that feels comfortable and safe. I also think using my sense of humor can sometimes be a valuable part of the therapy process. At times, I think it is helpful to incorporate the idea of the mind and body connection, and I have found that addressing both areas can often have a better impact on healing. In addition to my substantial clinical training in psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, I use an eclectic relational approach. I have been trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and mindfulness techniques. I use these practical treatments as needed when they can help manage specific symptoms, and when they can assist in building better coping mechanisms. I will be a reliable ally as we work together to better understand you. It is my responsibility to ensure that you are heard and respected. We will explore your life narrative, gaining insight that can facilitate greater peace along with significant and lasting changes.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited that online teletherapy has become a common practice, and that I am able to offer sessions both virtually and in my Manhattan office. Teletherapy can remove some of the barriers that were preventing people from beginning therapy. This form of treatment has become preferable for some people, because it allows an individual to gain care from the comfort of their own home. Many have chosen virtual therapy because it provides them with the option to have appointments while traveling, on a lunch break at work, or even while sitting outdoors in the park. Teletherapy can be the first step in the process of healing.
Do you have a special interest within your clinical practice?
There is increasing evidence that shows that incorporating animals into psychotherapy treatment improves symptoms of anxiety and depression, and helps people coping with trauma. I began an Animal-Assisted Therapy program at New York University, and I am trained in animal-assisted therapy interventions. I have organized animal therapy teams to work with individuals in hospitals and nursing homes, and have witnessed people experience lowered blood pressure, alleviated anxiety symptoms, and increased positive mood when paired with an animal. Animal Assisted Therapy can facilitate the development of greater trust and stronger bonds, growing skills that can be used to improve self care and to allow for more satisfying interpersonal relationships.
“I will be a reliable ally as we work together to better understand you.”