“Therapy provides a safe, nurturing space where you can tap into your resilience without fear of judgment, preconceived notions, agendas, or expectations.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
People usually characterize me as passionate. While thinking about what I wanted to do with my life, I searched for my passion and discovered that I had a strong yearning to work with people toward positive change, which led me to a career in social work. As a social worker, I utilize my clinical training to help people make positive change in their lives and work toward meeting their own unique potential. I also use my advocacy skills to fight for social justice and positive change on a larger, systemic level. It is unsurprising that my life has taken this path, as my upbringing was challenging and I was exposed to death, substance abuse, and emotional neglect from a very young age. There were people throughout my life who cared about me and truly believed in me and I felt it. This is that same kind of care, support, and empowerment that I hope to provide to my clients, because I know firsthand the transformational impact that it can have.
What should someone know about working with you?
I'm relational in both my demeanor and clinical style and believe that a strong therapist/client relationship is essential to helping you achieve your goals. Through values of authenticity, collaboration, and compassion, I will partner with you in learning how to cope with the varying stressors that life presents. You can always count on me being real with you, which is a natural part of my personality and may mean challenging you from time to time. But please know that it comes from a place of care and curiosity and challenging me is also encouraged! I use an integrative, flexible approach to treatment and focus on the specific needs of each client, as I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all method. I employ psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral modalities and have specialized training in marriage and family therapy. As a 200-hour registered yoga teacher, I often bring principles of mindfulness, gratitude, and utilizing the body/breath connection into my work with clients.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
To say that I value education is an understatement. In addition to being a therapist, I am also a professor of social work. This requires me to stay abreast of current research and findings that are relevant to social work practice, including the ever-evolving world of evidence-based practices, newly coined theories, and innovative clinical interventions that are being utilized to treat mental health challenges and disorders. As such, I take every opportunity that I can to attend continuing education workshops, trainings, and conferences that grow my knowledge base and continue to add to my clinical skill set. Additionally, I am currently a doctoral student at New York University, pursuing a doctorate in clinical social work. Education is one of my strongest held values and I am a proud lifelong learner.
What would you tell someone who is hesitant about starting therapy?
I hear you. Even the idea of beginning therapy can be daunting! The truth is, there is no guarantee that it will work. Human beings and the lives that we lead are exceedingly complex, which can sometimes exacerbate the struggles we face. But in addition to being complex, we are also uniquely and beautifully resilient. Therapy provides a safe, nurturing space where you can tap into your resilience without fear of judgment, preconceived notions, agendas, or expectations. You get to come as you are and in a world that can be challenging and demanding like this one, isn’t that worth a try?
“You get to come as you are and in a world that can be challenging and demanding like this one, isn’t that worth a try?”