“I am especially interested in working with medical providers dealing with vicarious trauma.”
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 to be happy and prosperous in their chosen pursuits. After a career in finance and raising a family, I decided to pursue a second career as a clinical social worker. I always had an interest in people and a desire to better understand human nature and development. My social work career led me to work in both hospital and mental health care settings, which provided me with a broad range of clinical experience. My experience as a clinician includes working in an ICU where I supported hospital staff experiencing distress. I am especially interested in working with medical providers dealing with vicarious trauma.
What should someone know about working with you?
I provide a safe, nonjudgmental environment for individuals interested in leading a self-examined life. In our first few sessions, I want to begin to learn about you, what or who is troubling you, your life circumstances, and your story. This allows me to facilitate a collaborative relationship built on trust. I believe therapy is a process and that success is revealed over time.
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’m insatiably curious. I received postgraduate training in palliative and end-of-life care at NYU and narrative medicine at Columbia University. I am also a member of the NYC Medical Reserve Corps and have training in trauma-related mental health disorders. I am also pursuing advanced training 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. Now more than ever, mental health is being discussed openly. It is encouraging to see it become destigmatized, to see access to care revisited, and to see views about therapy become more normalized.
“I believe therapy is a process and that success is revealed over time.”