“My main priority is building a strong therapeutic bond because, without that trusting relationship, not much work can be done.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I was raised by a social worker who taught me the importance of listening to others and caring about their wellbeing. Growing up, I was often the one friends came to when they were having a difficult time. This led me to follow in my mother's footsteps and get a master's in social work at Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work where I learned to hone my listening and empathic skills. I began my career working with children but quickly learned that I most enjoyed working with young adults who were struggling to figure life out because it was something so difficult for me. I knew I could use my experiences to help those who are also struggling with all of the ups and downs and unknowns that come with becoming an independent adult.
What should someone know about working with you?
My main priority is building a strong therapeutic bond because, without that trusting relationship, not much work can be done. I maintain curiosity in each person's story without judgment. I see myself as a collaborator in the journey to increased self-awareness as we learn together how the experiences of the past impact your current feelings. I believe the best way to make long-lasting change is to become more aware of the patterns that are leading you to feel stuck in your relationships, in your job, or in life in general.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Continuing to learn is very important to me as it allows me to continually improve as a therapist; I do this in a variety of ways. Most importantly, I maintain frequent contact with peers, which gives me the opportunity to not only receive feedback from them but learn more about what they are doing in their work. I also meet with a mentor regularly and seek out frequent training opportunities. Most recently, I received a certificate in psychoanalysis from the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center.
“I see myself as a collaborator in the journey to increased self-awareness as we learn together how the experiences of the past impact your current feelings.”