“Throughout my experience in the field, I have learned to incorporate a grounded experience into therapy, full of creativity and radical exploration.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Prior to my social work training and education, I had experience in advocacy, spiritual education, and yoga teacher training. I obtained a master’s in social work at Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work, which shaped my therapy practice through a strengths-based, person-within-the-environment perspective. I learned the importance of a nonjudgmental presence that focuses on the behaviors and patterns in life, that once aided in moving forward, can overshadow our current process. Throughout my experience in the field, I have learned to incorporate a grounded experience into therapy, full of creativity and radical exploration.
What should someone know about working with you?
The benefit of therapy is getting to know more about yourself and gaining a perspective on identifying patterns and encouraging pieces of yourself to align. We start with the process of building the relationship between client and therapist, establishing that safe container. Once trust is established, there is an increase in emotional experience, with interpretations and intervention provided to explore patterns and narratives and build on a deeper understanding of the connections with self and others.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am always seeking training to stay connected to grounding principles of practice. The wholeness of mind, body, and breath is an exploration of focus in continuing my growth. I have training in individual cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for depression, anxiety, and trauma as well as CBT for adults. I have also taken courses on Healing Trauma: A Brief Intervention for Women, crisis intervention, Mindfulness-Based Practices for Mental Health Professionals Working with Addiction Populations, and motivational interviewing. I have practice in accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy (AEDP), relational therapy, and gestalt therapy. Although training and growing as a clinician is important, connecting as individuals in the process of therapy is always the priority; it is proven to have the most impact and best outcome in any therapy.
“The benefit of therapy is getting to know more about yourself and gaining a perspective on identifying patterns and encouraging pieces of yourself to align.”