“My guiding philosophy is to create a space for change and growth.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I’ve always loved connecting with people through their stories. In New Mexico, I worked with survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. In New York, I’ve worked with people experiencing homelessness, mental illness, and substance abuse and have developed a model of service for individuals who were not able to receive treatment elsewhere. The common thread through these challenges is the importance of relationships and having a safe space to decompress, assess, and plan — elements I have brought to my private practice.
What should someone know about working with you?
My guiding philosophy is to create a space for change and growth. This is done through holding the context of a person’s life and exploring how reactions, thoughts, and feelings have developed in relation to the implicit and explicit messages received. This kind of discovery can only occur when people feel safe, supported, and welcomed as their whole selves. I aim to promote kindness and generosity to ourselves and others.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I emphasize the importance of a strong support network for the people I work with and realize the importance of connections and collaborations in my professional life as well. I maintain contacts in the nonprofit world and contacts with private practitioners who specialize in areas outside of my skill set, such as prescribing medications, working with children or adolescents, and conducting highly specialized therapy practices like EMDR. I also have a peer supervision group, which has been incredibly valuable in learning new things about the field and myself.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
I strongly believe that therapy is a space for unconditional positive regard, which also means there’s no room for judgement. I’ve worked with a number of people who have never felt comfortable in therapy before as well as people who have no prior therapeutic experience and I feel that it’s so important to develop a relationship and rhythm in the early stages. My goal is to provide a space where you can feel safe to explore yourself, your patterns, and your interactions with the world, and to expand your perspectives so that you have more choice.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I’ve been really excited about the increase in the use of peer services. This is a fantastic way to destigmatize mental health issues and value lived experiences. Peers are individuals who openly identify as having mental health diagnoses and experiences with treatment. They guide people who are dealing with similar issues and can advocate from a uniquely important perspective.
“My goal is to provide a space where you can feel safe to explore yourself, your patterns, and your interactions with the world.”