“As a clinician who views psychotherapy as an integration of science and art, I adopt approaches that are backed by scientific evidence while incorporating the unique voices of each individual.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I had my first encounter with psychology at the age of 12 when I accidentally flipped through the pages of my sister's Introduction to Psychology textbook. Since that first contact, the human psyche has become an interest of mine. The study of the human mind turned into a helping profession that provides me with a deep sense of joy and meaning. Upon finishing my undergraduate studies, I completed a master’s degree in psychological counseling at Columbia University and a PhD in counseling psychology at New York University with a specialization in clinical neuropsychology. I have worked in a myriad of clinical and educational settings, including schools, community mental health clinics, and inpatient and outpatient units at hospitals across New York City over the past ten years. I am currently an adjunct faculty member at New York University and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
What should someone know about working with you?
As a clinician who views psychotherapy as an integration of science and art, I adopt approaches that are backed by scientific evidence while incorporating the unique voices of each individual. Progress is highly valued, as I believe that the purpose of therapy is to effect meaningful change and improvement in my clients' quality of life. I begin the therapeutic process by setting goals that are meaningful and attainable, while utilizing interventions including cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and brief psychodynamic therapy.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core values are deeply influenced by my personal and professional narratives. As a minority, I have experienced countless forms of systemic oppression. As a psychologist, I have enjoyed the privilege and power of being in the role of a helping professional. Having sat on both sides of the table, I have come to appreciate the breadth and depth of human experiences, no matter how agonizing or delightful they may be.
What would you say to someone who is on the fence about starting therapy?
Therapy is a journey, no more or less. We all need breathing room, a space to reflect, a space to grow, and a space to simply be. It is normal to have hesitations and even resistance when considering therapy but the benefits and growth that come as a result of this work can be transformative and, at times, liberating. Contrary to the widely-held belief that therapy involves nothing more than venting while lying down on a couch in a dimly-lit office, therapy often requires hard work, courage, and the commitment to encounter one’s unexamined thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. These elements are ingredients for sustainable change that will lead to a fulfilling and productive life.
“Progress is highly valued, as I believe that the purpose of therapy is to effect meaningful change and improvement in my clients' quality of life.”