“I am passionate about helping clients find meaning in their lives.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My career began as a performing musician and teacher in Chicago. This experience reinforced my intuition that communication and expression through music are valuable outlets that can lead to personal growth. I wanted to explore how I could use music in clinical settings so I moved to New York and got my master’s in music therapy from NYU. After graduation, I started working as a mental health therapist at a group home for at-risk youth. This experience provided me with training in DBT, CBT, and cross-cultural therapy and exposed me to a wide range of issues explored in therapy. I am passionate about helping clients find meaning in their lives. This often takes shape by working through blocks that may be impeding their goals and confronting problem behaviors that are having negative consequences.
What should someone know about working with you?
Progress in therapy takes many forms. Sometimes, it can be helpful to just talk about your day to someone giving you undivided attention. Other times, a clear plan of action is necessary in order to tackle issues causing problems in your life. I try to cater sessions to the needs of the client. This can include setting short and long-term goals, utilizing creative expression, or exploring patterns in relationships.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I try to approach my personal relationships with the understanding that everyone is on their own journey with unique struggles and victories. Much of what propels us on this journey is out of our hands, such as our DNA and our childhood environment. Understanding this can help foster self-acceptance and can also help us to approach others nonjudgmentally. These are all perspectives that I bring into my practice.
Since you are an LCAT, do you only use creative arts in your sessions?
No, my sessions are geared toward the needs of the client. This can include talk therapy, music therapy, or a mixture of both. Together, we can determine which course of action will best meet your needs and goals.
“This often takes shape by working through blocks that may be impeding their goals and confronting problem behaviors that are having negative consequences.”