“My work is guided by the philosophy that we are all made up of many parts and that all of our parts are trying to help us in some way.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I believe we all have special gifts in life and mine has been a gift for compassion. From a young age, I have been drawn to learning about communities outside of my own. So, becoming a social worker was a very natural fit! While at Hunter School of Social Work, I completed a certificate program in child trauma that united my interests of supporting children and healing work. During my career, I have also worked extensively with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Starting my private practice has allowed me to work with individuals and families of different cultural backgrounds facing a variety of issues, including trauma, anxiety disorders, and parenting.
What should someone know about working with you?
For children, my intake process involves a brief phone call followed by a thorough evaluation with the parents. This process allows me to learn about the presenting issues, family history, and parenting styles. Throughout my work with the child, I meet with parents regularly to support their growth and development alongside their child's. I am a non-directive therapist, which means that I follow the child's lead in terms of what they are ready to focus on. For younger children, I use play therapy; for older children and adolescents, I use an open-ended and conversational approach.
My work is guided by the philosophy that we are all made up of many parts and that all of our parts are trying to help us in some way. This approach comes from my training in internal family systems and I have found it to be a gentle and very effective way of helping clients understand themselves and experience profound healing. This technique can be used for both children and adults.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I love to learn and I especially love learning how to be the best therapist I can. I am almost always enrolled in continuing education courses on different topics. My training history includes the Child Trauma Program at Hunter, the two-year Integrated Trauma Studies Program at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, courses in child development at the Metropolitan Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, and level 1 of internal family systems therapy.
What do you love most about being a therapist?
As a therapist, there are moments when you get to bear witness to someone's profound healing process. This usually involves the client connecting to a young, abandoned part of themselves and being able to draw that part closer. These moments feel truly magical and I feel privileged to participate in them.
“This approach comes from my training in internal family systems and I have found it to be a gentle and very effective way of helping clients understand themselves and experience profound healing.”