“In my collaborative work with clients, I balance humor, curiosity, and empathy and hold space for people to increase their insight, feel more connected to themselves, and generate change.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I took an interest in psychotherapy early on, which led me to complete a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece. My interest in social and cultural forces on human behavior led me to complete a master’s degree in social and cultural psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. In Greece and the United States, I worked in hospital settings as well as community settings with immigrants, refugees, and people experiencing serious mental illness. Being a witness to the effects of trauma on my clients led me to pursue a career as a psychotherapist and I completed a master’s degree in social work at Fordham University. In my role as a psychotherapist, I have provided trauma-informed treatment to adults, adolescents, and families in school settings as well as outpatient clinics throughout the city.
What should someone know about working with you?
In my collaborative work with clients, I balance humor, curiosity, and empathy and hold space for people to increase their insight, feel more connected to themselves, and generate change. I draw from relational and psychodynamic interventions and incorporate mindfulness and cognitive behavioral techniques when appropriate. While I work with clients experiencing a wide range of issues, I have extensive experience in providing support to people who have endured abuse and violence. I believe that most traumatic experiences happen in the context of a relationship and healing can happen within a safe therapeutic relationship as well.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am currently being trained in child-parent psychotherapy, a trauma-focused treatment for children and their caregivers that is rooted primarily in attachment theory but also integrates psychodynamic, developmental, cognitive, and somatic (body-based) interventions. I have attended multiple workshops and trainings held by the Silver School of Social Work, the Ackerman Institute, and the Jewish Board. You will always find me seeking opportunities and training in the field, as I am endlessly curious to learn more and deepen my clinical skills.
“I draw from relational and psychodynamic interventions and incorporate mindfulness and cognitive behavioral techniques when appropriate.”