“Clients will learn to get in touch with their thoughts and emotions and balance them with their actions as well as they can.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I was "drafted" into the field by a colleague who thought I would be a good candidate to partner with him. I had joined a sand tray group with other therapists (while I was a teacher), and he appreciated my qualities of perception, a soft demeanor, the ability to follow and process very deep feelings, and the ability to conduct guided imagery naturally. From there, I took a life coaching course and then went to school for social work. I started with trauma, went into anxiety and depression, and then onto marriage. I try to expand my expertise as time goes on.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am relatively straight to the point; rather than lengthy intakes, I offer an initial assessment session. I check in at the beginning of every session to assess progress and I try not to hold people longer than needed in therapy. I am very goal-oriented but work calmly and deliberately. Clients will learn to get in touch with their thoughts and emotions and balance them with their actions as well as they can.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I do a lot in the area of continued education. I attend extensive modality trainings and I seek to retake and help out in additional trainings in order to relearn the information. I do practice groups for EFT and attend peer supervision groups around psychoanalysis and psychodrama. I try to focus both on my areas of expertise and on other topics to stay well-rounded in my knowledge base.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
Since I myself have been through a lot of life challenges and I consider myself emotionally deep and understanding by nature, I have an easy time leaning into my client’s experience; I often get feedback from my clients that they feel extremely understood. I taught for several years and I am a visual learner and teacher, so I get feedback that people come away from therapy with a sense of clarity.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I enjoy learning about all of the new challenges that arise in order to help people adjust to a quickly changing world. I love the area of EFT for couples and I aspire to bring true love into my clients’ lives.
How do you retain all of what you learn?
I spend a lot of time educating others. I have intern students (I got my SIFI from LIU) and I have a "call-in hotline" with over 400 entries on topics of mental health. In addition, I have led group classes for students or people thinking of joining the field. I facilitate education for both therapists and rabbis in my community in the areas of mental health. By joining these events, I get a lot of opportunities to learn, review, and teach material.
“Since I myself have been through a lot of life challenges and I consider myself emotionally deep and understanding by nature, I have an easy time leaning into my client’s experience; I often get feedback from my clients that they feel extremely understood.”