“I always had a passion for studying the brain and human behavior with a specific curiosity about solving problems utilizing a scientific approach.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I began my exploration into psychology as an undergraduate student with a specific emphasis on neuroscience coursework. I always had a passion for studying the brain and human behavior with a specific curiosity about solving problems utilizing a scientific approach. I decided to become a psychologist several years after completing undergraduate training. I worked in corporate America in New York City for a couple of years and subsequently left, deciding to begin a journey in the study of yoga and becoming a 200-hour RYT certified yoga instructor. While practicing and teaching yoga for several years, I realized my passion was working with people and creating opportunities for individuals to derive their own solutions for improvement and growth.
What should someone know about working with you?
The initial appointment is a comprehensive biopsychosocial that involves the clinician asking questions to formulate a diagnosis and develop an individualized treatment plan. Progress is measured by client reports and clinical observations throughout the course of treatment. My approach utilizes a solution-oriented framework to assist the client in achieving self-actualization and growth.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I continue to immerse myself in continuing education opportunities on new research-informed interventions. I have taken part in training on acceptance and commitment therapy and dialectical behavior therapy. I am always striving to integrate more knowledge and skills into my interventions to obtain the best outcomes. I am also the president of the Palm Chapter Florida Psychological Association and try to remain an active participant at the local and state levels, advocating for mental health care.
“My approach utilizes a solution-oriented framework to assist the client in achieving self-actualization and growth.”