“I approach the therapy process as a collaboration and partnership.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist began with a strong desire to understand people as individuals and as a society and how the larger world can impact one on a personal level. This led me to pursue a bachelor’s degree in sociology. As I ventured into the “real world” after undergraduate school, I kept having experiences of meeting people who were driven toward living their best life and working on self-improvement. I realized that everyone, myself included, just wanted to be the best version of themselves and live a life worth living. I became drawn to different kinds of work that helped people on this journey and I made a commitment to make this a reality for others. I completed a master’s degree in social work at Columbia University and have been trained in many different treatment modalities that have been effective in helping people work toward goals and improve their life experiences.
What should someone know about working with you?
I approach the therapy process as a collaboration and partnership. I start the process by getting to know the individual I am working with and getting a clear understanding of their personal goals for their life. I encourage them to ask questions and provide feedback to ensure that we are on the same page. I strive to make the therapy sessions a safe space to allow them to go deeper inside and ultimately create the change they set out for themselves. Everyone is unique and has different goals and life experiences so I am very attuned to each individual’s needs and aspirations.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I strongly believe that it is my responsibility to be properly trained so I can help those who are putting their trust in me and opening up in vulnerable ways throughout the psychotherapy process. I made a commitment to an intensive four-year certificate program in the study of psychoanalytic self psychology and intersubjectivity at The Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity. Part of this training includes attending courses one day a week and completing scholarly readings, obtaining weekly supervision by a trained psychoanalyst, and participating in personal psychoanalytic treatment. I take my commitment seriously to ensure my professional competency in the clinical work.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited that therapy is slowly becoming less stigmatized in our society. My own experience in psychoanalytic therapy with a trained psychoanalyst has transformed my life, contributed to my ongoing growth, and strengthened my ability to confront challenges. Unfortunately, difficult world events bring on challenges for many as a society and as individuals and it is comforting to know that therapy services are one way individuals can feel less alone and help manage these difficult times.
“My own experience in psychoanalytic therapy with a trained psychoanalyst has transformed my life, contributed to my ongoing growth, and strengthened my ability to confront challenges.”