“I work from a strengths-based perspective, helping individuals and couples identify and draw upon their strengths and use those strengths when working on challenges.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Prior to becoming a therapist, I started out as an attorney specializing in child advocacy. Through my work, I realized that while I didn't really enjoy actual legal work (legal reading, research, and writing were not my strong suits!), I loved connecting with my clients and learning about their backgrounds, family lives, beliefs systems, and dreams. I was fascinated by people and their stories and wanted to work with my clients on a deeper and more meaningful level. This led me to eventually go back to school at New York University to pursue my Master of Social Work degree and I haven't looked back since! As a clinical social worker, I worked in many different settings — including emergency rooms, inpatient detox and rehab, and intensive outpatient programs — before starting my private practice.
What should someone know about working with you?
My style is warm, engaging, and genuine. I work from a strengths-based perspective, helping individuals and couples identify and draw upon their strengths and use those strengths when working on challenges. I am passionate about relationships and helping people work through conflict and develop deeper and empathic connection with others and themselves. I like to assign imago exercises that couples can practice outside of session to help strengthen their communication and reinforce what they are learning in session. Sex therapy sometimes also involves behavioral intervention strategies and at home exercises.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I love to learn and I continue to take many advanced trainings in couples and sex therapy to expand my skills and knowledge and better help the couples and individuals I work with.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I like to view people through a strengths-based lens and appreciate the uniqueness of each individual and couple I work with. I help couples begin to see and believe the strengths and the possibilities within themselves and their relationship.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Collaboration with other providers allows me to treat my clients from a holistic and comprehensive perspective. As a couples and sex therapist, I frequently collaborate with individual therapists, medical providers such as gynecologists and urologists, and pelvic floor physical therapists. Collaboration with these providers allows me to formulate treatment plans and interventions to better help my clients and facilitate more sustained improvement.
“I am passionate about relationships and helping people work through conflict and develop deeper and empathic connection with others and themselves.”