“I communicate openly and directly, and my therapeutic style is warm, flexible, accepting, and playful.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I was drawn to psychology at a young age and earned a bachelor's of science in psychology. Psychotherapy was aligned with my interest in human behavior and my desire to help others. As an undergraduate psychology student, I was a research assistant for a behaviorist study on OCD. I worked in a variety of settings, including hospitals, outpatient mental health centers, and private group practices with populations of all demographic combinations. I have several years of experience as an independent psychotherapist and working as a clinical supervisor of psychotherapists. I have also been a mental health program director. I am a certified field instructor and experienced in providing clinical training to graduate student interns.
What should someone know about working with you?
I communicate openly and directly, and my therapeutic style is warm, flexible, accepting, and playful. I will support you and also gently challenge you. I bring to my work inherent respect for each client’s unique experience, going beyond evaluating symptoms to considering how the individual client has functioned, and often creatively adapted, to a set of circumstances. I utilize an integrative and interpersonal approach to therapy. In our treatment, you will learn techniques to cope with and control symptoms, develop self-awareness, and employ new, healthier patterns and behaviors. The therapeutic relationship is an alliance that provides a foundation for growth. Together, we will build a safe, restorative space that fosters your healing and recovery. In the initial session, I am interested in learning about you, getting a picture of who you are and what brings you to therapy. We will address your concerns and talk about how I can help.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
As a therapist, I subscribe to lifelong education and feel passionate about it. I devote time to deepening my knowledge and staying current on new developments in my field by attending formal continuing education courses and regularly reading clinical literature. I participate in many clinical courses each year.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe we are most content when we live authentically and freely. I provide my clients with the support that they need to become self-possessed and in control of their lives. I also think self-love is essential for mental wellness, and I help clients improve their relationship with themselves. I think one of my strengths is my capacity to connect with clients of all cultural backgrounds. As a first-generation American who grew up in New York City and has traveled around the world, I have a deep respect for and interest in each client’s unique cultural experiences and norms. While I believe that there is more that unites us than separates us, I am mindful of culture and personal preference in my practice. I do not presume that clients must fit into one mold based on one ideology.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about the inclusion of pets in the healing process; admittedly, I am generally excited about animals period. Empirical research is substantiated by partiality and has shown that being with animals for 30 minutes decreases blood pressure, alleviates anxiety, and is helpful for those with a range of mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression, and difficulties associated with trauma. Specially-trained dogs have been instrumental in helping individuals with PTSD and trauma histories learn to trust and feel safe again and depressed clients often find purpose again due to relationships with pets. Residential treatment facilities across the country have incorporated equine therapy and therapy dogs into their treatment paradigm for this reason. I am also excited about the integration of somatic experiences and the mind-body connection into clinical practice.
“I also think self-love is essential for mental wellness, and I help clients improve their relationship with themselves.”