“I will assist you in creating positive changes in your life by increasing awareness of thought patterns, behaviors, and beliefs that may be blocking you from achieving your goals, hindering your relationships, keeping you stuck, or increasing emotional suffering.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always been drawn to the curative power of sharing stories—a process that can provide us with comfort, greater understanding, and insight into the lives of others. My curiosity about the cultural and familial influences that shape the narratives of our lives led me to study anthropology in college. After graduating, I recognized that I wanted to pursue a career in which I could work with others on a more individual and personal level, so I decided to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. After completing my internship at Kings County Hospital, I went on to complete postdoctoral training at Cognitive Therapy for Women, where I received advanced training in women’s mental health.
What should someone know about working with you?
I offer a warm, down-to-earth, and interactive approach to therapy. My expertise is grounded in evidence-based treatment approaches, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, and flexibly incorporates aspects of other therapies, such as DBT, schema therapy, and attachment therapy. From the beginning of treatment, we will work together to identify goals and potential areas of growth in your life—and we’ll use these as guideposts to assess progress and steer the direction of our work. I will assist you in creating positive changes in your life by increasing awareness of thought patterns, behaviors, and beliefs that may be blocking you from achieving your goals, hindering your relationships, keeping you stuck, or increasing emotional suffering.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I believe that collaboration with other providers is highly valuable. I have always appreciated the opportunity to be part of a multidisciplinary team and frequently coordinate my clients’ care with their other providers, such as psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, nutritionists, and couples therapists. I am a strong proponent of the intersection between the mind and the body, and I often encourage clients to supplement our work together by seeking out activities that will promote holistic wellness—including meditation, yoga, massage, and other practices that physiologically target stress and improve mood and energy levels.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Taking the first step to start therapy can feel daunting—especially in a city with endless options for what type of therapy to try and who to try it with. The best advice I can give is to find a therapist who you feel connected to and comfortable with. Therapy is not about being objectified or told what to do—it is about engaging in a collaborative process with someone you trust. It is completely normal to feel hesitant about entering into a relationship that requires you to be vulnerable, to take risks, and to push yourself outside of your comfort zone. But with the right therapist, all of this will feel much less overwhelming—and the opportunities for change and growth will be well worth it!
What types of clients do you typically work with?
I provide individual therapy for adults and young adults. My areas of expertise include anxiety disorders (social anxiety, panic, OCD, generalized anxiety) and trauma. I also specialize in women’s mental health, including reproductive and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, infertility, relationship difficulties, and career pivots. Additionally, I have extensive experience in working with older adolescents (ages 17+) and college-age young adults. I’m passionate about addressing concerns of emerging adulthood, such as navigating family and peer relationships, social insecurities, the adjustment to college, and early career anxieties.
“Therapy is not about being objectified or told what to do—it is about engaging in a collaborative process with someone you trust.”