“I believe success in therapy first starts with the therapeutic relationship, which is a collaborative relationship that takes effort from both the client and therapist.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I grew up in a family of very compassionate people, those who enjoyed being of support to others and very connected to one another. Family and friends would express how comfortable they felt after talking to me, often saying that I was easy to talk to. Growing up, I was more of a listener and observer and it felt good that I made others feel this way. While going through college, I was intrigued by how we grow and develop into the people we become and the factors in our lives that shape that. This later transitioned into me recognizing the need for more mental health services in my community. I received extensive amounts of training during my graduate studies and completed my internship at Northshore LIJ Zucker Hillside Hospital and College Point Wellness Center (a private practice). I also received extensive training in person-centered therapy and worked with kids on the autism spectrum.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe success in therapy first starts with the therapeutic relationship, which is a collaborative relationship that takes effort from both the client and therapist. It relies on being honest, nonjudgmental, empathetic, and developing a safe, encouraging, and trusting environment. You are the expert of your life and I will meet you where you are. We will go through the consent process, financial responsibilities, confidentiality, and what to expect in session. We will explore your childhood experiences and memories as you guide us to your present self. Together, we will explore goals that you would like to work on throughout our sessions and we will revisit your goals you've created while tracking progress. We may adjust as needed. I utilize an eclectic and integrative approach that caters to the needs of each client and recognizes each person's individuality with cultural sensitivity. I enjoy working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
As a licensed mental health counselor and national certified counselor, I have an obligation to take continuing education courses. I've taken multiple courses that focused on adolescent trauma, PTSD, anxiety, personality disorders, autism spectrum disorder, bipolar disorder, and depression. I use the PESI website and professional associations I've joined to obtain training. I am a part of the American Counseling Association and NYMHCA, which offers journal articles in the field and some free CEs. Obtaining these trainings gives me more insight and skills into the areas that help me through my work with different clients I see.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
What I am most excited about within the evolving mental health field is telehealth; it's great to be able to reach more clients and provide the needed support and services. The need for mental health services has steadily increased. I am also excited about the advocacy for licensed professionals to diagnose and practice across state lines.
“It relies on being honest, nonjudgmental, empathetic, and developing a safe, encouraging, and trusting environment.”