“I believe that therapy is a dialogue: I will listen to you and challenge you when I hear something that I feel needs more exploration.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Before becoming a therapist, I worked in film production. While hanging out on sets, I spent a lot of time talking to crew members. I was curious about their lives and constantly told that I asked good questions and should be a therapist. This led me to realize that being part of the filmmaking process was fun and fulfilled a lifelong dream, but I needed to spend my time doing something more rewarding and truly fulfilling. I thrive on being creative while helping others.
What should someone know about working with you?
I conduct a brief phone consultation with every client before beginning treatment. I may be pretty okay on selling myself, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m the best fit for you. If we both agree that we feel we can work together, we schedule a first session and we go from there. You’re not committing to anything more and you have every right to shop around and try different approaches until you find someone who feels comfortable for you. I’m my best as a therapist when clients have specific goals in mind (or at least want to work toward something, even if they’re not sure what that is quite yet). I believe that therapy is a dialogue: I will listen to you and challenge you when I hear something that I feel needs more exploration. I love nothing more than bringing out the best in others, seeing them grow, and helping them attain the happiness that has eluded them.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I've lived in Greece, Michigan, Northern England, London, Los Angeles, Nashville, and New York City. I've transitioned from a career in film production to one in therapy. I've conducted individual and group therapy in prisons, rehabs, and community outpatient clinics with diverse populations. I've had to acclimate to different environments and cultural norms, so being flexible and open-minded has been a necessary survival mechanism for me. Change is difficult, but it can also be exciting and exhilarating and I'm passionate about helping others through big life transitions.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I've been conducting telehealth since before the pandemic. As horrible as the Covid pandemic was for a myriad of reasons we can all agree on, it did open up a discussion on mental health in an unprecedented way. Virtual sessions became the norm, making therapy accessible, convenient, and easier for everybody.
“I love nothing more than bringing out the best in others, seeing them grow, and helping them attain the happiness that has eluded them.”