“As a college student, I was introduced to the women’s and LGBTQ movements.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I was brought up to try and help others and as a first-generation Jewish American, I understood firsthand the effects of discrimination on the lives of families, friends, and neighbors. I often found myself in the position of problem-solver among friends and had always thought I would be majoring in psychology. While in undergrad, I learned that the social work department more closely reflected my values, politics, and interests, as it provided a psychosocial lens through which to understand the behavioral health challenges of individuals, families, and communities. I had the opportunity to train and work in a variety of treatment settings, including in-patient psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, schools, community-based organizations, and private practice. I've developed an expertise in working with women's issues, the LGBTQ community, and HIV-affected communities as well as with individuals and couples coping with life changes.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake process typically starts with asking my clients what made them decide to begin therapy and how they think I might be able to be helpful. I let them know that my style is interactive and tailored to the way they frame their problems, what their goals are, and what I assess their psychotherapeutic needs to be. I will suggest books, articles, or workbooks that I think will be helpful. I like working with clients who are motivated to identify and address their issues or are looking to understand how to find that motivation. I consider progress to be defined as a time when my clients and I come to a mutual understanding that the goals they set have been met and that they have acquired the tools to move forward by addressing those that remain or are yet to be discovered.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My upbringing as well as my interests and activities as an adult are interwoven with my commitment to social justice. As a college student, I was introduced to the women’s and LGBTQ movements. My identification with those movements and my understanding of the role society plays in influencing our choices and self-esteem went on to inform my work as a clinical social worker and continues to today.
“My identification with those movements and my understanding of the role society plays in influencing our choices and self-esteem went on to inform my work as a clinical social worker and continues to today.”