“I like to meet clients where they are and allow the therapeutic process to unfold naturally while using a psychodynamic approach.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I began my career working with children with special needs. After I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology, I was exploring the idea of a PhD. While incorporating movement and art into my work, I discovered the creative arts therapies and pursued my master’s degree. After many years, I came full circle and my desire to do talk therapy reemerged. I went on to receive training in group psychotherapy, becoming a certified group psychotherapist. Following the tragedy of 9/11, I worked with first responders, children, adolescents, and families. I received a fellowship from NYU and studied psychoanalysis. I then received training in dialectical behavior therapy and became a mother-daughter coach. I have extensive experience working on both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric units with severely mentally ill clients and in school settings and private practice. My years of additional training and experience have made me a more conscientious therapist.
What should someone know about working with you?
I offer a free consultation. During the intake process, I create a safe space for clients to comfortably share the mental health struggles or emotional distress that brings them to seek therapy at this time. It's also an opportunity for both therapist and client to decide if this will be a good working partnership. I like to meet clients where they are and allow the therapeutic process to unfold naturally while using a psychodynamic approach. I love working with adolescents, young adults, adults, mothers and daughters, and families.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Continuing education is essential to being a good therapist. I participate in workshops and webinars (I recently attended a webinar on compassion). Since working in a school, I've become more interested in family therapy and plan to take more continuing education classes in that area. Over the years, I have learned that working with children and adolescents means working with their families; the relationship includes all members.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
During quarantine, I began seeing clients via telehealth. This opened up such a new way of working and potentially reaching more clients. It has been a wonderful way to work with all clients but especially helpful in the mother-daughter coaching aspect of my practice. I will continue to offer telehealth as it has made therapy more accessible to more people.
“I love working with adolescents, young adults, adults, mothers and daughters, and families.”