“I pull from a variety of techniques, such as mind-body work, DBT, and CBT modalities as well as creative arts therapy, to help provide my clients with insight into their behavioral patterns.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Prior to returning to grad school for art psychotherapy, I worked in the fashion industry for seven years. This career choice was not fulfilling the parts of me that desired to bring deeper self-knowledge to the forefront of my everyday life. Helping my friends through times of strife and stress was something that I truly enjoyed, so marrying my love of art and creating with psychotherapy seemed like a perfect fit. Since obtaining my master’s, I have worked in clinical hospital settings for over 10 years. While working as the supervisor of a creative arts therapy program at a hospital in New York City, I came to the realization that I wanted to start a private practice. I am now proud to say that my extensive work with people of different races, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds who are in acute mental and emotional crises has given me the vast resources and understanding to provide dynamic therapy that can truly meet a client where they are.
What should someone know about working with you?
I provide a free consultation for my prospective clients in the hopes that we both can assess for a good enough fit prior to the first session. Sessions are open so the client can explore through verbal and/or creative processing in the hopes of achieving personal goals. You do not need to be an artist to try art therapy! It is always the process and not the product that holds the most information. That being said, a lot of my clients prefer talk therapy, and tend to enjoy the lack of rigidity that expressive arts offers in general. I pull from a variety of approaches, such as mind-body work, psychodynamic modalities, as well as creative arts therapy, to help provide my clients with insight into their behavioral patterns. Together, we discover what method works best, as every client is different and requires a unique approach.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am of the core belief that continually educating oneself in order to provide good therapy is essential. I do so through multiple streams that include but are not limited to continuing education classes, training and workshops, personal therapy, clinical supervision, and peer supervision. I also provide clinical supervision to other therapists in the field and consider this to be of great value to my own practice.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am grateful that communities, institutions, and individuals are understanding, now more than ever, what creative arts therapy is. Art, creation, and creative processing are powerful and needed modalities of healing in addition to talk therapy. I am finding telehealth to be a wonderful way to provide therapy for people and am very happy that clients find it to be an easeful process.
“Together, we discover what method works best, as every client is different and requires a unique approach.”