“I am warm, open-minded, compassionate, and I believe in challenging my clients.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a therapist. I find immense meaning in listening to individuals recount their journeys and experiences. While I have always enjoyed the act of listening, I came to realize the gift and value in delivering empathic attention and presence to others. I had my first experience in existential psychology after reading Man’s Search for Meaning, a book by Viktor Frankl. This solidified my path towards humanistic and mindful therapeutic approaches. I have been in clinical practice for ten years and I’ve completed certification in CBT, EMDR, REBT, and meditation/mindfulness techniques.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am warm, open-minded, compassionate, and I believe in challenging my clients. I use the first session to gain an understanding of their perspectives and needs. At the conclusion, we will discuss goals for treatment and what the path will look like. I don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all solution in therapy; I draw from many methods and techniques, including both evidence-based and holistic methods. I educate my patients as to why they are experiencing their symptoms, empowering them to better understand their condition and the tools and techniques that can help. I also give my patients homework as a way to reinforce what has been taught in session. I believe, through work, change is not only possible but sustainable. I offer compassionate feedback, subtle humor, and empathetic listening, and I challenge the distorted perceptions we carry with us throughout life. I offer a safe space to unpack heavy baggage, allowing my clients to feel lighter and less burdened. I am committed to diligently maintaining my own learning to ensure I am always supporting my clients as best I can.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Collaboration is an important part of being a good therapist; it gives me a chance to learn from the education, expertise, and experience of others. I collaborate with several colleagues, psychiatrists, and those in the doctoral community on a regular basis. If my client is in need of a referral, we can address this during our sessions.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take! Throughout my clinical experience, I have helped countless patients who have carried the weight of the world on their shoulders. This burden has negatively impacted their ability to lead fulfilling lives and become the best version of themselves. If this sounds familiar, you don't have to live in pain! There are a myriad of treatment options, ranging from the rational-based to the holistic, that can make a profound difference in your life. Therapy is a safe setting where you are compassionately accepted for who you are. I validate your past while helping you find a more purposeful future.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
One field of study that I find very intriguing is the recent re-exploration of psychedelics in the therapy field (done at prominent universities such as Johns Hopkins and NYU). Treatments such as psilocybin have been reported to profoundly decrease psychiatric symptoms in those who have been unresponsive to more conventional means. In clinical trials, patients with unrelenting symptoms experienced immediate results, ultimately becoming symptom-free. While the research on psychedelics has a ways to go, I am excited by the possibilities and I hope that someday soon I can recommend these options to my patients.
“I don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all solution in therapy; I draw from many methods and techniques, including both evidence-based and holistic methods.”