“I believe that all individuals are worthy, important, and deserve compassion, respect, honesty, and acceptance.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I currently work full-time at Mount Sinai where I facilitate group and individual psychotherapy sessions for individuals in recovery. I was first drawn to therapy while discovering I had a calling to guide individuals in finding their own voices. As a social worker, I have worked with incarcerated women with substance use disorders, in child protection, and with adolescents with emotional and behavioral issues. I became extremely dedicated to assisting individuals who were interested in recovery and finding their own personal power throughout the process. I began working specifically in substance use treatment in Massachusetts with experience in detox, halfway houses, and outpatient therapy. I’ve found that it's important to focus on the underlying causes, such as unaddressed trauma, grief, lack of self-esteem or low confidence, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, and physical, mental, or sexual abuse.
What should someone know about working with you?
I utilize a thorough intake process that includes one session collecting a client’s history, demographics, mental health history, and summarization of where the individual feels they need guidance. Progress includes awareness of self and needs, identifying triggers and trauma responses, and exploring appropriate coping skills and therapeutic methods. I am willing to assist any individual who is willing to commit to themselves in therapy. I have experience with individuals with substance use disorder and co-occurring disorders, including anxiety, depression, various personality disorders, and PTSD. I strive to empower women and members of the LGBTQ community.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core values are very much utilized in session with individuals. I believe that all individuals are worthy, important, and deserve compassion, respect, honesty, and acceptance. I take a holistic approach in life that includes many different beliefs in spirituality and wellness. I believe that the mind and body are very much connected, so addressing all aspects of health is crucial. Practices that I have found beneficial to my growth and wellbeing are shared in sessions but with no expectations. I incorporate examples of what a wholesome life can look like and teach practices that I use for happiness and peace, such as yoga, meditation, exercise, and more. As a social worker, I am culturally-aware and respectful of all individuals. I am only a guide; it is the client who decides what is most helpful to their wellness.
What are some other holistic activities you facilitate outside of therapy that focus on wellness and spirituality?
I co-created Goddesses Only, a women's empowerment circle that happens once per week as well as during full moon cycles. The mission of Goddesses Only is to create and hold space for women to come and speak their truth while empowering one another. This circle originated in Western Massachusetts in 2017 and members from all over the country have joined and continue to attend. The group utilizes holistic approaches, including creativity, spirituality, astrology, guided meditation, DBT, mindfulness, wellness coping skills, self-efficacy, positive psychology, talk therapy, and more. I also spend time facilitating individual and group spirit animal readings. I facilitate spirit animal-guided meditations and use medicine cards to receive messages. I assist individuals in discovering their spirit animals as well as using certain energies that are needed during a current life experience. I also engage in guided sound bath meditations, body scanning meditations, and guided breathing meditations. I teach all levels of vinyasa yoga as well.
“I incorporate examples of what a wholesome life can look like and teach practices that I use for happiness and peace, such as yoga, meditation, exercise, and more.”