“I provide a non-judgmental integrative approach where you can share your feelings, expand your communication, and receive feedback designed to help you connect better with yourself and others.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I was an international business executive in marketing, product development, and sales prior to changing careers and becoming a social worker and psychotherapist. I am passionate about understanding different cultures, listening to personal challenges, and providing ongoing support. I received my MSW from Fordham University with a clinical concentration before continuing my post-graduate training at the Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy. I gained experience as a social worker at Mount Sinai Hospital, supporting patients and their loved ones in coping with breast cancer diagnoses, recovery, treatment, and loss. This experience expanded my specialization with families and couples, allowing me to address how life transitions and trauma impact relationships.
What should someone know about working with you?
I provide a non-judgmental integrative approach where you can share your feelings, expand your communication, and receive feedback designed to help you connect better with yourself and others. I bring a sense of warmth, humor, dedication, and creativity to my work in an effort to produce healthier outcomes. I want you to find your own inner voice in overcoming obstacles, which can lead to rediscovery and self-empowerment. I take an active role in your therapy process by encouraging you to take risks that move you closer to your goals. The tools I apply include strengths-based therapy, narrative therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and relational therapy.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
I will explore your beliefs and feelings about coming to therapy and ask you what you hope to gain from this process and what it means to you. I will reinforce that this is your experience and I am here to collaborate with you and encourage change. I know it is difficult to get in touch with your own emotions and be vulnerable in your relationships, which is why it is important for the right therapist to help you feel safe and heard in your therapy sessions. It can be challenging and uncomfortable, but it can also bring new possibilities to your life.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The increase of integrative mental health care gives clients a personalized treatment plan that works for their overall wellbeing. It is important to find the best mental health formula that meets your needs. Online therapy offers accessibility and affordability for continuous treatment; it allows you to have a sense of control and safety during the therapeutic process. These shifts in mental health care have inspired me to extend my practice online to accommodate the current challenges faced with social isolation, health obstacles, and financial strain. In having a moment to pause, you can reevaluate how you want to live.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I have incorporated support groups into my practice when coping with health, aging, and women’s issues. I find that peer support is very encouraging when individuals are going through similar health and emotional challenges; it allows you to feel more comfortable in your experience and less alone. I have facilitated many diverse groups coping with cancer, aging, and grief to help rebuild confidence, regain wellness, and restore hope. I have integrated narrative writing as a method in sharing stories and feelings to create healing in group, family, and individual settings. This informs my practice by emphasizing the importance of shared experiences; unity can bring deeper meaning, empathy, and closer connection to individuals facing challenges.
“I bring a sense of warmth, humor, dedication, and creativity to my work in an effort to produce healthier outcomes.”