“My therapeutic style is unique because I use a combination of four effective and proven therapeutic approaches.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I graduated from Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work with a Master of Social Work. I completed advanced graduate training at institutes for couples and individual therapy. I finished an individual psychodynamic fellowship with the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity. I also trained at the Beck Institute (in cognitive behavioral therapy), the Ackerman Institute for the Family, New York University, and the Training Institute for Mental Health. I am currently pursuing the trainer's track for accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy and emotionally-focused therapy (EFT). My therapeutic style is unique because I use a combination of four effective and proven therapeutic approaches. I believe my clients can feel good about themselves by learning new ways to look at past events and future planning.
What should someone know about working with you?
The sessions are customized to you and your treatment goals. They can be more structured sessions that focus on developing skills (like mindfulness or cognitive restructuring) and practicing them during the week. During these structured sessions, you will need to complete an action plan or home practice and track your results to discuss them in the next session. We can also do less structured sessions. We can discuss your current emotional experience while recalling distressing or unprocessed personal experiences. You will gain insight into your feelings as you become comfortable verbalizing emotions. We can do a session that involves EMDR as well.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My therapeutic value is collaboration; you and I work together to help you achieve your goals and heal. My goal is to make therapy as comfortable as possible — especially in the beginning — while acknowledging that at times the work may require feeling off-balanced or unprocessed. I view my role as a psychotherapist as one where I help individuals become more authentic and present in their own lives while experiencing growth. I believe that we are capable of healing and growing in ways that we haven't yet imagined.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited about two trends so far. I am most excited about the use of technology to connect with people who need mental health services. For years, mental health professionals have incorporated technology into their practices. Today, a variety of technologies are used in mental health care, including email, videoconferencing, online chats, and text messaging. Apps that track moods or record other important data are speeding up this process and making it easier for people to get help. Second, I am excited to see a growing openness among the general population toward discussing mental health issues and seeking treatment. The stigma around mental health has lessened drastically over the past few decades. People are becoming more honest and open about how they feel, even if it is something they don't want to feel, and that is encouraging.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
In my practice, the research I have done on the therapeutic relationship and the therapeutic environment has been most helpful. The things that fascinate me are the ways in which my clients learn to be with each other in the room and how they learn to tolerate the very hard work of exploring the roots of their problems.
What are the signs that therapy is working?
Therapy takes time to work. The goal of virtually all forms of therapy is to help you identify your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. You can use this awareness to make better decisions and learn new ways to cope with your everyday struggles. Therapy works when you develop a feeling of safety, emotional support, and trust with your therapist. Another sign that therapy is working is that you feel less anxious and depressed, are more motivated to face problems, and have a more realistic perspective on situations.
“I believe my clients can feel good about themselves by learning new ways to look at past events and future planning.”