“I work to build a trusting relationship and get to know your strengths as well as what patterns have been less helpful toward growth.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I was drawn to psychology and the helping profession as a teenager while reading classic works in the field and volunteering with individuals with developmental and physical disabilities. I later enjoyed undergraduate classes in psychology and realized that my empathic and observant nature was well-suited for the profession. My training in Pace University’s doctoral program focused on a developmental approach to assessing and treating individuals across the lifespan. I found this approach helpful in being able to see clients as individuals within the larger context of their world. I gained further training in cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavior, and psychodynamic approaches, which allows me flexibility in the tools I use to help clients with their difficulties.
What should someone know about working with you?
The first step of our work together involves getting to know you well as a person. I work to build a trusting relationship and get to know your strengths as well as what patterns have been less helpful toward growth. We will collaborate on goals for treatment and tackle those goals thoughtfully. Treatment is tailored to the individual client to help them change self-defeating behaviors while gaining insight into lifelong patterns of behavior to create lasting change.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am an avid learner and am constantly looking to learn more about my craft. To this end, I participate in reading groups, training, and supervision that allow my continued growth as a clinician. I am also constantly learning from my clients and their families, as they are the experts of their own worlds.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
While completing my doctoral program at Pace University, I studied how parenting behaviors affect the development of children. This topic fascinates me, as I view an individual's development as a combination of past and current factors. My research has allowed me to see that a client’s strengths and difficulties involve complex processes that when brought to light, allow for continued growth and fulfillment.
“Treatment is tailored to the individual client to help them change self-defeating behaviors while gaining insight into lifelong patterns of behavior to create lasting change.”