“I have received training in motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and trauma-informed care.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Since a young age, I had a strong desire to help others. I wanted to bring positive change into the world. I decided to pursue clinical work while volunteering with a nonprofit that advocated for youth in the foster care system. I was inspired by social workers who were working to empower youth and change the foster care system. At Hunter College School of Social Work, I obtained my master’s degree and specialized in clinical work with individuals and families. For the past 12 years, I have worked in New York City with people experiencing homelessness, mental illness, and substance use disorders. I started my private practice so that I could focus my attention on individualized therapy, which is what I enjoy the most. My goal as a therapist is to help people heal and grow through connection. I have received training in motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and trauma-informed care.
What should someone know about working with you?
I constantly get asked for directions by strangers because I am an approachable person. I believe that good therapy should help empower the client to be independent of the therapist. I want my clients to see tangible results and an improvement in their quality of life because of therapy. I will check in with you about how I am doing and I am open to feedback.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am very excited about the growth of remote therapy. My clients have reported positively about the remote work that we are doing over my secure HIPAA-compliant video portal. It makes therapy more accessible and convenient. I am also excited that more people are engaging in a discourse about mental health. The public discourse is helping people go to therapy when they may otherwise feel reluctant. This has great benefits for our society.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I worked for several years with the Center for Urban Community Services. They are a cutting- edge New York City-based nonprofit. They emphasize and train staff extensively on the use of evidence-based practices and help people experiencing homelessness and mental illness realize profound improvements in their quality of life. At CUCS, I received thorough training on person-centered interventions, motivational interviewing, trauma-informed care, and strengths-based work. I was inspired by the work at CUCS and it helped create the foundation of my therapeutic approach.
“I want my clients to see tangible results and an improvement in their quality of life because of therapy.”