“Clients process their feelings and thoughts related to discussions we have on their own and this is a significant undertaking.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I found my way to this career by volunteering as a peer counselor and sexual assault advocate when I was a young adult. Social work and therapy as a career choice were ways to expand on my interests and further my skills in supporting others. I’ve worked consistently in community health clinics, at a major public hospital, with World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers, with domestic violence victims, and with people experiencing trauma, major mental illness, stress from work, difficult relationships, life transitions, pregnancy, parenting, sickness, death, feelings of failure, and even success. My present clients have shared any and all of these.
What should someone know about working with you?
Typically, I work with clients for 3-4 sessions in an evaluation period, after which point we discuss whether we are a good fit in terms of immediate comfort and understanding. Therapy can be a longer process for some but I trust clients to share their initial feelings about me and our sessions in order to move forward. Every client identifies their goals for treatment and markers of progress. I do not assign homework unless we discuss any potential benefit of it. Clients process their feelings and thoughts related to discussions we have on their own and this is a significant undertaking.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy but I continue to evolve my thinking and practice just as you do. I use other techniques, in which I have also been trained, when needed and I make sure that I develop professionally with ongoing education, training, and peer supervision. I also supervise social workers pursuing clinical licensure, which helps me better my own work with clients.
“I am trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy but I continue to evolve my thinking and practice just as you do.”