“I believe each person’s needs are unique.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Becoming a full-time therapist is the culmination of my life experience and my desire to help others interested in leading a self-examined life. I started reading psychology books when my first child was born, as he did not come with a manual. That was the beginning of my journey. I developed a deep interest in human behavior and development. My social work education and career led me to work in mental health clinics and healthcare settings, which provided me with a broad range of clinical experience.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am curious. What is your story? What are your life experiences? Do you want to understand the relationship between your thoughts, feelings and behaviors? I believe each person’s needs are unique. My goal is to foster a safe, nonjudgmental environment where we can explore and make sense of your history and circumstances. I have been described as caring and easy to talk to with a good sense of humor. In our first few sessions, I want to begin to learn about you, what or who is troubling you, allowing your personal story to unfold.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I have always been committed to enhancing my professional knowledge and consider myself a lifelong learner. I am a member of the NYC Medical Reserve Corps, trained in trauma related mental disorders. I also have post-graduate certificates and training in grief and loss, narrative medicine, family therapy, CFT, and CBT. Currently I am receiving training towards a certificate in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Training Institute for Mental Health.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I believe we are witnessing a huge change in the mental health landscape. The shift to teletherapy is providing greater access to care. Now more than ever, mental health is being discussed openly. It is encouraging to see it become destigmatized and to see views about therapy become more normalized.
“My goal is to foster a safe, nonjudgmental environment where we can explore and make sense of your history and circumstances.”