“Therapy with me is like having coffee with a friend; my style is gentle and warm while also firmly direct and honest.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
From a young age, I had a genuine and sincere interest in people, learning more about their authentic experiences and perspectives and understanding what leads to certain behaviors over others. As a child, I moved around a lot and was required to adjust quickly to new physical and social environments. I developed an ability to find common ground, make new friends, and thrive on social content. I decided to become a social worker and a therapist after realizing that I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives, becoming a supportive ally while also helping them navigate challenging issues that they faced. In the past 10 years, I have worked exclusively in the field of mental health. I worked for a community mental health agency in Austin, Texas with adults who suffered from severe mental illness. I have been working in my own private practice since 2019, helping individuals who suffer from depression and anxiety as well as those going through major life transitions.
What should someone know about working with you?
Therapy with me is like having coffee with a friend; my style is gentle and warm while also firmly direct and honest. I utilize CBT and DBT techniques as well as person-centered, solution-focused, and motivational interviewing interventions. When someone reaches out to me, I make an effort to respond in a timely manner and set up a free consultation. I like to make sure that their needs are in line with my training and experience and that it seems like we will be a good fit to work together. During intake, I will hear more about you, ask leading questions, and help you formulate clear goals we can work toward.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
As a child, I moved around a lot. When I was 10-years-old, my family and I relocated to Israel from the US and the following years were a very challenging time in my life. My experience of feeling misunderstood, lost, and inadequate is something that I believe helps me relate to those experiencing similar negative emotions. I have also experienced loss in my life and believe that it contributed to who I am today.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I think that the Covid-19 pandemic, although tragic in many ways, shined a new light on mental health and validated the need for increased empathy and support, recognizing the fact that the struggle is real. I am so excited to see that telehealth (or virtual mental health) is becoming a common practice, as it increases access to quality mental health treatment. I enjoy meeting with people from different backgrounds and cultures who I probably wouldn’t have met otherwise and hearing about their unique struggles and challenges.
“I utilize CBT and DBT techniques as well as person-centered, solution-focused, and motivational interviewing interventions.”