“My sports background has led to my methodical, goal-oriented, results-driven therapy style.”
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
My sports background has led to my methodical, goal-oriented, results-driven therapy style. My treatment with you will be tailored to your goals and desired outcomes for therapy. We will work together to identify areas in your life you want to improve or change, create goals based on your desires, learn new skills for stress management and attention control, and move toward purposeful behavioral change and cognitive restructuring. In our first session, we will discuss what brings you to therapy, what issues or parts of your life you would like to explore or work on, and how our time together can bring about positive change.
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
My path to becoming a therapist started when I was on the United States National Women's Saber Fencing Team and training to try out for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. I started struggling with nerves and anxiety due to the possibility of failure and the pressure of my own goals. I was referred to a therapist who specialized in working with performers and our work together taught me the skills to manage my anxious thoughts and fears, perform fearlessly, and feel calm and comfortable in and out of competitions. My therapist also helped me through many life transitions, including leaving my sport and finding a new personal and professional direction. Now, I use an integrative therapy approach to bring that support to my own clients.
What do you think is the biggest barrier today for people seeking care?
Getting started! I know firsthand how daunting the process of finding a therapist in New York City is. Who has availability? Who is located near where you live or work? Which style of therapy would be the best fit? What if you don’t like the therapist? I offer a free 15-minute phone session (that can be scheduled on my website) to make the process a bit easier—and to give potential clients the opportunity to hear my voice and talk about my therapeutic approach.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
I view physical health and mental health as equally important in leading a healthy lifestyle. We cannot have a healthy body without a healthy relationship with our mind. We live in a time when we are constantly stimulated and it’s difficult to distinguish what is factual information and what thoughts and decisions are influenced by outside forces. I work with my clients to help them identify and align their personal values and goals with their actions and lifestyles. My clients will build skills to slow down the constant chatter in their minds, feel more peaceful, and become more able to make decisions that align with the people they want to be.
What excites you most about the evolving mental health landscape?
I feel very excited about the recent increase in awareness and conversations around the importance of mental health. Therapy is becoming less stigmatized, children are doing mindfulness exercises in schools, and people are talking about the therapeutic benefits of psychedelics and nontraditional therapy practices. I feel positive that our society is moving in the right direction. Mental health is a crucial piece of the personal and societal health puzzle and I feel hopeful for what the future will bring.
“I work with my clients to help them identify and align their personal values and goals with their actions and lifestyles.”