“I'm not here to tell you what to do; my path is to help you find YOUR path and that will include you deciding what changes are acceptable to you.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I often wonder what’s next. I was a newspaper reporter and a production artist, both careers that became unviable with economic change. People tell me things — often deep and intimate things — out of nowhere. One of my friends sarcastically said that I should be a therapist, since I was doing the work anyway. I graduated with an MSW from NYU and worked in hospice for several years. I was fascinated by hypnotherapy’s possibilities, especially for lingering and buried trauma, so I trained in that. I sought training in single session therapy after having intense intakes with highly motivated people. This helps clients feel better equipped to move on by themselves and I love the flexibility and focus of it. After training with Physicians for Human Rights, I began completing psychological evaluations for immigration.
What should someone know about working with you?
I love working with smart, thoughtful people who feel uncertain. They do a lot for others but are uncomfortable getting help. They've felt like this for as long as they can remember. I understand how past events cast shadows that linger, and I focus on finding that particular pain that holds one back. Let’s take it up a notch and focus on a nuanced and deep exploration. Every session ends with focusing on the next step. We meet once a week but therapy happens out in the world when you try out what you've learned. We refine our approach in order to get you where you want to be.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I'm always interested in finding new approaches. I'm planning to explore EMDR in the future and I'm loving using single session therapy. I think it offers clients a lot of control in that they don't need to commit to a long-term relationship if they don't want to.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I'm not here to tell you what to do; my path is to help you find YOUR path and that will include you deciding what changes are acceptable to you. I will have an opinion, but I'll also respect your right to set your own pace and path. I love using out-of-the-box solutions.
“I love using out-of-the-box solutions.”