“With empathy and humor, I’ll guide you in a nonjudgmental way toward problem-solving.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I always knew I wanted to become a therapist; I just didn’t know how I would get there. That changed when I discovered yoga as a tool for grounding myself during a challenging time in college. After graduating, I attended a yoga teacher training and realized the importance of the mind-body connection and how movement and mindfulness could be integrated with the treatment of mental health. Since then, I have continued to integrate what I learned about trauma and the body in my postgraduate studies and my professional work. In my postgraduate program, I also discovered, to my surprise and delight, a strong interest in working with couples. It has been one of my greatest honors to help individuals and couples heal and grow throughout my training and career as a therapist and I look forward to continuing this work for many years to come.
What should someone know about working with you?
When you work with me, you can expect a curious ear and someone willing to meet you where you are while gently pushing you to grow. With empathy and humor, I’ll guide you in a nonjudgmental way toward problem-solving. I use a mix of evidence-based practices along with a psychodynamic and relational approach. This means we might engage in some structured therapy while exploring how your past impacts who you are now and where you want to be in the future. In our work together, we will examine who you are individually and where you came from, your relationships, culture, beliefs, upbringing, and more. By painting this picture of you and your life experiences, we are then able to clarify your goals and discover how we can work toward achieving them. After being in therapy with me, people often share that they have a clearer sense of self, improved relationships, an increased sense of inner peace, and a feeling of being more empowered in their daily lives.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I chose to become a therapist, in part, because I consider myself to be a life-long learner. Providing therapy is a great privilege and responsibility and, as such, I make sure to attend ongoing training and supervision so that I can provide quality care to my clients. In my role as a therapist at the WJCS Hartsdale Family Mental Health Clinic, I participate in a weekly consultation meeting with the clinic’s dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) team and I frequently attend professional development training on the most current treatment modalities. Additionally, I meet regularly with a supervisor from the Ackerman Institute for the Family clinic, where I currently work as a staff clinician. I am actively working on being an anti-racist therapist by participating in a group, Black Lives Matter To White Therapists (BLM2WT), that meets weekly. I look forward to always finding new ways to grow and learn as a person and as a professional.
“After being in therapy with me, people often share that they have a clearer sense of self, improved relationships, an increased sense of inner peace, and a feeling of being more empowered in their daily lives.”