“I am a psychoanalytically/psychodynamically-oriented provider; my style is strengths-based, collaborative, and interpersonal with the goal of insight into feelings, learning, and behavior change.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I love learning about the human mind and I love helping people to become the fullest version of themselves. Seeing how much therapy can help transform your life and the lives around you is a gift and a truly beautiful thing. My favorite part of being a therapist is the therapeutic connection that is built between my clients and myself. My full heart goes into my relationship with my clients. The result is a very warm and intimate relationship where seeing their triumphs makes it so meaningful. On my career path journey, I was given the advice to find a field that plays most on my strengths. After much self-reflection and feedback, I realized that my main strengths were my ability to attune to others, empathy, and listening with an open mind and an open heart in a nonjudgmental manner. From there, therapy seemed like a natural fit.
What should someone know about working with you?
I typically start with an initial 15 or 20-minute free phone consultation; this way, we both get a quick snapshot of what it might be like to work together. I want to make sure you feel comfortable and that the fit feels right for you. I will ask a few questions to get to know you better and you will have the chance to do the same. Initial intake sessions are 60-minutes and sessions after that are 45-minutes. I will ensure you feel safe and comfortable. If you feel you don't know what to talk about, I am here to assist. I will ask about what goals you have for our work together and what aspects of your life are feeling most pressing to tackle first. You can expect me to be attuned, nonjudgmental, and eager to help. My ideal client is someone looking to develop a more meaningful and insightful life.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
My style is integrative, pulling from different schools of thought and therapeutic interventions and tailored to my specific client’s therapeutic needs. I am currently in a four-year psychoanalytic psychotherapy program at Adelphi University, which helps me delve into deeper, more insightful, and reflective work with my clients. I have taken courses on racial trauma, CBT, and mindfulness, which I incorporate into my work. I am a psychoanalytically/psychodynamically-oriented provider; my style is strengths-based, collaborative, and interpersonal with the goal of insight into feelings, learning, and behavior change. I work a lot with the unconscious (dreams, symbols, and free association) to help my clients free up space in the areas where they get stuck.
Tell us more about your specialties and background.
I am a licensed clinical social worker and currently in a postgraduate program studying psychoanalysis at Adelphi University. Here, I serve on the executive board and as secretary for the Adelphi Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (ASPP). I am board-certified in telemental health and have my CASAC-T. I have been trained through IAPMD and specialize in women's health issues, particularly premenstrual disorders, PMDD, and PME. I received my BA in psychology from Western New England University. I received my master’s degree from New York University, focusing my study on addiction. I studied abroad in France in the areas of international perspectives on depression, mental disorders, and psychiatric epidemiology. I provide individual psychodynamic psychotherapy to adults and tailor each treatment to my client’s needs. My experience prior to private practice included work in inpatient psychiatry, substance abuse, managed care, management, and the nonprofit sector. I have worked at Bellevue Hospital, Mount Sinai West, and Goodwill as the director of managed care operations.
“I work a lot with the unconscious (dreams, symbols, and free association) to help my clients free up space in the areas where they get stuck.”