“I understand that when you are suffering it can be hard to motivate yourself to participate in therapy so I will tailor our time together to be something that is accessible, enjoyable, and (most importantly) useful for you.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I became a therapist because I believe that mental illness is no different than physical illness and, subsequently, that people suffering from mental illness deserve care that is normalized, knowledgeable, and dignified. I also believe that quality outpatient mental health care is not only for the uber-wealthy or uber-resourced. I have worked with individuals with significant mental illness in multiple settings, including intensive outpatient settings (such as day programs or through partial hospitalization) and as the clinical supervisor of an assertive community treatment (ACT) program in New York City. I now provide care to individuals seeking ongoing support in symptom management and recovery.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am warm and relaxed and I use humor and irreverence in my practice. I understand that when you are suffering it can be hard to motivate yourself to participate in therapy so I will tailor our time together to be something that is accessible, enjoyable, and (most importantly) useful for you. I develop real relationships with my clients and my goal is that you leave each session better equipped to cope with your current challenges.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
The first core value that influences my practice is the importance of relationships. As a clinical social worker, I believe that healthy relationships are a significant agent of change and healing. I prioritize developing nonjudgmental, trusting, and authentic relationships as a tool to decrease suffering and increase quality of life. I also value having an evidence-based practice. My practice is based on researched and substantiated interventions rather than personal opinions or anecdotal accounts. The evidence-based interventions that I practice include psychoeducation, behavior modification, and medication management (in collaboration with a prescriber).
Who should reach out to you for therapy?
I am eager to work with anyone who needs support in recovery or management of a challenging mental health condition, such as major depressive disorder (including treatment-resistant depression) and psychotic disorders (including schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder). I work with individuals who struggle with low mood, lack of motivation, feelings of worthlessness, and suicidal thoughts and/or attempts. I also work with people experiencing hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia. I define recovery as a decrease in suffering, an increase in satisfaction, and more enjoyment in daily living.
“I develop real relationships with my clients and my goal is that you leave each session better equipped to cope with your current challenges.”