“I saw the power of the one-on-one therapeutic approach and that insight encouraged me to go into private practice.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist began when I earned a Bachelor's degree in social science from the College of New Rochelle and immediately went on to pursue my master’s in social work from Stony Brook University. I began my career working with families at a middle school who were experiencing various challenges and were unable to advocate for themselves or gain resources they desperately needed. I served as an advocate and guide for the students and parents. I also worked in a hospital, where I gained a great deal of clinical experience in advocating for appropriate care. Through all this, I saw the power of the one-on-one therapeutic approach and that insight encouraged me to go into private practice. I want to make a difference in the lives of individuals.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am hardworking and will not end a task until it is complete. I believe in developing a trusting relationship with open communication. I structure my intake sessions on an as-needed basis, prioritizing the issues from most important to least important. Building a positive, comfortable, and welcoming relationship is vital to therapeutic success. After each session, we’ll discuss a take-away point and expectations for our upcoming meeting. I ask my clients for input and cater any changes to their desires and needs.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Collaboration has always been a useful tool for me. It provides insight and access to additional resources if needed. Collaboration grants an opportunity for professionals of other disciplines to come together in pursuit of a common goal. It gives us the chance to treat the whole person, rather than just single parts of the individual.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
If you are having an issue with something and are unable to resolve it on your own, turn to a licensed expert. That’s what we’re here for. It takes courage to do this, of course, but it’s also in your best interest. Building a trusting relationship with a therapist provides numerous benefits and creates space for acceptance and support. You don’t have to face your challenges alone.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I love knowing that people have more access to mental health providers than ever before. The stigma associated with therapy is not entirely gone, but it’s not as pronounced as it once was. We, as a society, are better at encouraging those with mental illness to get treatment instead of pretending that their struggles will go away on their own. Sweeping things under the rug hides the mess, but it’s a mess nonetheless.
“Building a trusting relationship with a therapist provides numerous benefits and creates space for acceptance and support.”