“I value the importance of accepting people for who they are, providing empathy, understanding, and support through the good and hard times.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Throughout my life, I’ve found myself feeling connected to others and wanting to help those who were struggling. I pride myself on being open when listening and providing a comfortable environment for people to feel safe. Becoming a psychologist was an easy decision. I value the importance of accepting people for who they are, providing empathy, understanding, and support through the good and hard times. My doctoral training was in cognitive behavioral therapy, which really helped me gain a better understanding of how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors interact and I utilize these skills in each session. I’ve worked in a range of settings, from schools to community mental health centers. I have been in the role of psychologist as well as clinical director, which gave me the opportunity to not only treat my own clients but help guide other therapists with their caseloads. This has allowed me to see and collaborate on many different cases throughout my professional career.
What should someone know about working with you?
Therapy looks and feels different for everyone, so I offer an integrated approach to best fit the needs of the client. You are not alone in your feelings or experiences. I collaborate with my clients and see us as a team. I work to create a safe place to make therapy your own. I use an empathetic approach to closely listen, understand what you are going through, and provide reflections and insight to assist you in reaching your therapeutic goals. Whether this is your first time in therapy or you’re jumping back into it, I’m here to meet you where you are. In our initial consultation, we will discuss what you are looking for and assess our therapeutic fit. During the initial session, we will go through an intake to gain a well-rounded understanding of your background, current concerns, and what brings you to therapy at this time in your life. As we begin our therapeutic relationship, each session will be tailored to your needs and goals.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am no stranger to the stigma that mental health brings. I work hard to help advocate for mental health services to become destigmatized and evolve into something we feel comfortable talking about in all settings. When I moved to New York City, it became more common to hear people say that they were in therapy. More recently, telehealth has become more common and allowed those who have been contemplating therapy the access to start. Telehealth provides the opportunity to connect in a flexible way. I believe mental health is as important as physical health, and I feel fortunate to be able to help expand the field to reach those who are in need.
“My doctoral training was in cognitive behavioral therapy, which really helped me gain a better understanding of how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors interact and I utilize these skills in each session.”