“It is so important that our bodies and minds are in symbiosis, and I strongly believe in taking a holistic approach when it comes to my practice.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always felt an innate desire to help others. I always found myself drawn towards subjects that had a focus in human behavior and psychology. I decided to study Psychology at the University of Florida, then pursued a master's at NYU with the intent of becoming a psychotherapist. I developed a strong therapeutic connection with clients during my internship at NYU, which had a significant impact on me as a new clinician. I then went into private practice, which confirmed for me that working as a therapist brings me joy and fulfillment. I am passionate about helping others feel positive about themselves so that they can lead their best life.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe that positive therapeutic outcomes begin with the connection between the client and the therapist. I strive to provide a warm, supportive, and nonjudgmental space for exploration. I use a collaborative and strengths-based approach, working with you to determine what will be most beneficial to your success. Before our first session, I like to schedule a complimentary phone consultation to make sure that my style matches your individualized needs. I like to structure sessions in a free-flowing manner, working together to establish goals. I use a holistic framework by integrating a variety of modalities such as compassion-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, Motivational Interviewing, and mindfulness-based practices.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
It is so important that our bodies and minds are in symbiosis, and I strongly believe in taking a holistic approach when it comes to my practice. I frequently collaborate with other health and wellness professionals to provide my clients with resources that will be most beneficial for their growth and healing. I have found that collaboration can often enhance the client's therapeutic experience, so I'll often work with psychiatrists, nutritionists, primary care physicians, and naturopathic practitioners.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Not only is it normal to be hesitant, but it's to be expected, especially if it's your first time engaging in therapy. Uncertainty can be anxiety-inducing. It is important to remember that the most difficult step is finding a therapist who you feel safe and comfortable with. Once you find someone you connect with, it's a powerful and life-changing experience. I have had many patients come in and tell me that they were hesitant to begin therapy, either because it is new for them or because of negative past experiences. I have witnessed first-hand that patients usually feel relieved once they get into the room and begin their therapeutic journey.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about the adoption and evolution of teletherapy. I have had the pleasure of working with clients using an online platform for several years and find that the work is just as effective as in-person therapy. Clients are often hesitant to begin therapy because of the time commitment, but teletherapy eliminates the need for transportation and any travel-related costs. In addition to this, it is normal to be nervous about meeting with a stranger to share personal information about yourself. The ability to have sessions at your convenience and from the comfort of your own home can eliminate some of this stress and anxiety, allowing clients to open up in ways that might have been more challenging to do in person.
“It is important to remember that the most difficult step is finding a therapist who you feel safe and comfortable with.”