“I use an integrative approach grounded in social justice and a systemic understanding of the world. My goal is that my clients are seen, heard, and supported.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I entered the rewarding field of therapy back in 2014 when I received my masters of social work (MSW) from Columbia University. I’ve always believed in the raw power of human connection, and that people need people. This belief buoyed my interest in relational therapy and influenced my choice in speciality. I completed postgraduate training in family therapy at the Ackerman Institute before pursuing specialized training in perinatal mental health. I discovered a passion in working with pregnant and postpartum women and I’m currently pursuing my doctoral studies in research related to reproductive health and justice.
What should someone know about working with you?
I base my practice on transparency and action, which allows me to offer observations and thoughts behind the questions I ask. Depending on the client, I may encourage supplemental work and reflections outside the office. I use an integrative approach grounded in social justice and a systemic understanding of the world. My goal is that my clients are seen, heard, and supported.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Collaboration is a foundation of comprehensive care; clients can never have too many people in their corner cheering them on! Routinely, I consult with other wellness or healthcare providers to coordinate the most effective course of treatment. I have worked with psychiatrists, nurses, midwives, nutritionists, and other psychotherapists. We are united in common goals, whether reducing anxiety, healing relationships, or increasing self esteem.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
For a long time, insurance has served as an obstacle to clients in need of care. Alma’s model works to provide a solution to this dilemma. It’s a model that partners with insurance companies to make mental health treatment more accessible. This benefits therapists by allowing us to reach underserved communities, and it benefits clients by allowing them to get the help they need to heal. While private pay is doable for some, it’s prohibitive to many. I’ve always wanted to offer my services to a broader clientele but I felt limited in my ability to participate in insurance networks because of my own financial and professional needs. Now the tide is changing — a welcomed, wanted wave. I’m excited to see where it carries us.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I am currently conducting research on the experience of infertility and fertility treatment, areas in which I’m especially passionate. Researching the intersections of reproductive health, psychology, and policy inform my understanding of the lives of people who are engaged in these systems. As a therapist, this research aids my own understanding of the struggles individuals face in regards to infertility; women may feel powerless, empty, and betrayed by their own bodies. The research also enhances my knowledge of reproductive technology and the possibility it harnesses in allowing women to have babies and experience motherhood. Despite these advances, there are systemic barriers that make it difficult to obtain services, barriers that often go unnoticed and unvoiced. I hope to address these challenges with my clients, offering them support, compassion, guidance, and sound advice.
“Collaboration is a foundation of comprehensive care; clients can never have too many people in their corner cheering them on!”