“I encourage my clients to be THEMSELVES, use humor, embrace colorful language (#$@%), and discover their strengths.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
After getting my master’s in science in rehabilitation counseling, I knew I wanted to be a therapist. I dreamed of having my own practice and prior to that, I set out to work in higher education, supporting students with disabilities in obtaining self-sufficiency and competitive work. I have worked in nonprofit roles, which have been geared toward helping people with mental health conditions. These experiences allow me to focus my practice on helping teens, millennials, and twenty-somethings overcome barriers related to anxiety, depression, and major life stress. I have always been told my best characteristics are my care for others and my willingness to help. My dream has come true and now I am ready to work myself out of a job by helping you get past life's most difficult challenges.
What should someone know about working with you?
Finding a therapist is like finding a best friend; it's hard to do! The most important thing about starting this relationship is the “click”; I like to connect first and find the “click” and then move on from there. If we both agree to move forward together, I will ask you a series of questions to get a better look at your life. It is an opportunity to vent, describe how you want your life to be, and receive feedback and new perspectives. I encourage my clients to be THEMSELVES, use humor, embrace colorful language (#$@%), and discover their strengths. I use a modern approach, which means hands-on; I will challenge you, encourage you, and sometimes assign homework where you can apply your skills immediately. I promise that I do not grade!
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am so very passionate about accessibility! You can access therapy literally wherever you are and that is SO refreshing, as it allows me to reach more people across New Jersey. The professionals I help can access sessions on their lunch break. For those who had transportation barriers, you can now access help on your phone, computer, or tablet. Literally, a counselor can be in your pocket!
What sets you apart from everyone else?
I want to work myself out of a job! I know that is weird, but I don't believe people should be in therapy for 10 years (unless you want to be!). There is no quick fix to life’s challenges and barriers and I don’t pretend that there is a magic wand that corrects life’s problems (although I wish this did exist). I want to help my clients rediscover their strengths and abilities and provide hands-on strategies, approaches, and coping skills that are most useful to alleviating stress, anxiety, and depression.
“I use a modern approach, which means hands-on; I will challenge you, encourage you, and sometimes assign homework where you can apply your skills immediately.”