“In some sessions, I primarily listen and guide clients in conversations that foster their own conclusions and help them learn more about themselves.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My interest in becoming a therapist grew from my fascination with mental health and how it impacts people's behaviors and the world at large. I started working in the social work field as a case manager and saw how people's fears often held them back from fulfilling their potential. As a therapist, I realized I had influence in helping people overcome their fears and face their barriers head-on. I enjoy offering emotional support to clients to help them achieve their life goals.
What should someone know about working with you?
I follow a psychodynamic approach and I usually personalize my therapeutic approach based on an individual's needs. In some sessions, I primarily listen and guide clients in conversations that foster their own conclusions and help them learn more about themselves. In other sessions, I assign homework and worksheets to help encourage clients in working toward goals. I also believe that the client is in charge of their own lives and I won’t force anyone into any form of treatment they don’t consent to. I am open to feedback and can modify sessions accordingly.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I often joke that I am a true nerd; I was that teenager who loved reading a good book and learning more about the world. This curiosity has never left and I still love reading and learning. I am undergoing certification courses specific to treating anxiety via telehealth and I regularly seek other trainings as well. I also enjoy reading books specific to mental health and treatments and I have a long list of books and articles that I plan to read! The mental health landscape is constantly changing and I feel responsible to do my part by staying informed.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Since the Coronavirus pandemic emerged, we all had to adapt in ways we never imagined. Although there are many things that were ruined by Covid-19, accessibility has drastically improved thanks to telehealth. With traditional in-person therapy, clients were limited in who they chose as therapists and therapy had to be in an office that was accessible and local. With telehealth, people from different counties in New York can meet with therapists who live in the city and vice versa. Telehealth is improving the accessibility of mental health treatment and I am very excited to see what the future brings!
“In other sessions, I assign homework and worksheets to help encourage clients in working toward goals.”