“I think that the mind-body approach has had the most efficacy in both interpersonal work and self-exploration.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have worked in business and nonprofit settings in the areas of community building, health education, communications, and clinical practice. I have several certifications, including family therapy, group therapy, and yoga. I am also trained in employee assistance. Recently, I attended two intensive trauma training workshops.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am easygoing and offer hands-on support. I believe in giving practical feedback and homework when helpful. I think that the mind-body approach has had the most efficacy in both interpersonal work and self-exploration. Therapy is like going to the gym — it takes patience and practice.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am a life-long learner with two master’s degrees. I practice yoga and meditation and enjoy hiking and dog walks. I have worked for and published articles about therapy for Disney, Weight Watchers, Psychotherapy.net, PsychCentral, Psychology Today, and other websites. I have also worked as a volunteer for Westchester County, supporting parents undergoing custody disputes. Lastly, my role as a National Director of Patient Services for the Leukemia Society of America gave me perspective on the many ways people gain confidence even through adversity.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
My values in therapy are shaped by my own two young adult children and my experience as a child of divorce. I believe that the process guides the work in the here and now and that a therapist should always be curious. In addition, I provide a non-judgmental stance and am always open to collaboration.
Why do you enjoy working with teens and young adults, especially when they can be so difficult?
Young people are more flexible and resilient than we are. So I see them making changes rather quickly. Many times families must be involved in supporting these changes. Teens are also colorful and excited about life in spite of their obstacles. If they can move past the temporary pain of launching they can develop life-long strengths. Young adults also benefit from gentle, creative and therapeutic understanding. Once they become unfrozen, they can mature into their hopes and dreams. Like butterflies, it's gratifying to see them fly!
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I have conducted and published research on group work with cancer patients and have contributed to the journal GROUP on the challenges of running groups with young adults. I have given talks to the National Institutes of Health on leukemia support groups and I have presented a talk to Westchester County Employee Assistance Program professionals on teens and texting.
“I believe that the process guides the work in the here and now and that a therapist should always be curious.”