“I work from an attachment-based perspective, with the premise that all behaviors make sense when you understand where they’re coming from.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As an educational evaluator, I spent a lot of time counseling parents, guiding them to access their strengths, and teaching them how to work together with their spouse to bring out the best in their children. I also found I had a natural understanding of how to help people uncover the source of struggles. This awareness allowed them to move forward by overcoming previous obstacles. As an educator, I had to pinpoint the underlying difficulty of a child's struggles and then work with the student's strength to help them succeed. This was a natural segue to counseling adolescents, women, and couples. It's about finding the strengths and talents that we may or may not have been aware of and then using those to build something beautiful.
What should someone know about working with you?
In my many years of working with my clients, I am continuously awed by their courage in reaching out toward mental wellness and growth. I work from an attachment-based perspective, with the premise that all behaviors make sense when you understand where they’re coming from. By listening carefully, I help uncover the patterns in your life and how they may be present in a variety of settings. In this nonjudgmental space, healing and growth are possible. I look forward to getting to know you and seeing how I can personalize the therapy to help you heal, grow, and tap into your creative strengths.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
My clients are my biggest learning experiences. They guide me and navigate their individual paths in therapy by teaching me what works for them. In addition, I continuously attend training as I have a love for learning and new experiences.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe that every person has tremendous potential and strength they can access when provided with the right environment. Sometimes, it's a matter of uncovering what is getting in the way of this natural process. At times, the struggles can run very deep, which is why it is so important to find the right setting where you feel comfortable and safe.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
In my research at Columbia University, I have witnessed the profound impact a person’s perceptions have on their reality. This helps build compassion toward my clients in understanding how their worldviews develop.
“I look forward to getting to know you and seeing how I can personalize the therapy to help you heal, grow, and tap into your creative strengths.”