“Psychoanalytically trained and EMDR-certified, I can help you address your specific issues. I am passionate about helping clients feel better about themselves and achieve their desired goals.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
While I always felt a strong pull toward mental health and helping people, I earned an MBA from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business and worked as a market researcher for 10 years prior to becoming a clinical social worker. As a project director in the marketing research field, I managed studies that helped firms position or optimize new products or services.
It was the combination of a family member suffering from depression and my employer suffering financial difficulties that led me to follow my heart and return to school to earn a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree, preparing me to make a difference in a more personal way.
To that end, I also obtained a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the Training Institute for Mental Health and am trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), which is a highly effective treatment that helps people work through past difficult experiences and areas where they are stuck.
What should someone know about working with you?
Psychoanalytically trained and EMDR-certified, I can help you address your specific issues. I am passionate about helping clients feel better about themselves and achieve their desired goals.
It takes a lot of courage to reach out for help. My approach is warm, nonjudgmental, and collaborative; our sessions will start where you feel comfortable and at a pace that feels right for you.
I believe you are the expert on your life and my role is to accompany you in an exploration of your thoughts, feelings, and relationships so as to help you be your most authentic self.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am continually learning and increasing my skills because I love learning and feel that this is critical to the success of my work with clients. There are always new developments in neuroscience and in our understanding of trauma that facilitate healing and post-traumatic growth. To stay up-to-date, I participate in a biweekly peer supervision group where we discuss clinical challenges and I take additional continuing education courses. Furthermore, I engage in regular weekly therapy sessions to continue my own path of self-growth.
If there was one thing you wish people hesitant to try therapy knew, what would that be?
Contrary to what some people think, you do not need to have a serious problem or a mental illness to speak to a therapist. Talking to a warm, nonjudgmental therapist is a form of self-care. It can help you feel less stressed and more in control of your life.
Therapy can help you gain clarity about how you feel and what you want out of life. You'll gain insight and understanding of why you may be feeling stuck (unable to move forward or repeating past patterns) or why you are stressed/anxious. Over time, you'll be able to make changes in your life leading to greater joy and fulfillment.
“I believe you are the expert on your life and my role is to accompany you in an exploration of your thoughts, feelings, and relationships so as to help you be your most authentic self.”