“The journey towards helping others began with the journey towards helping myself; I learned to overcome chronic mental and physical health conditions through self-love and self-care and this lit a passion inside me.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
The journey towards helping others began with the journey towards helping myself; I learned to overcome chronic mental and physical health conditions through self-love and self-care and this lit a passion inside me. I knew I wanted to guide others on a similar path towards healing. I began my career as a social worker in New York City, working in psychiatry at Mt. Sinai Hospital before working in acute medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital. As a medical social worker, I utilized mindfulness-based techniques to support countless chronically and acutely ill patients and help them manage pain, anxiety, and depression. This inspired me to further my education in yoga therapy, integrative nutrition, and energy healing, ultimately gaining a comprehensive understanding of the mind-body-spirit connection.
What should someone know about working with you?
With a compassionate approach, I empower clients to develop the awareness and tools necessary for creating positive transformation in their lives. Our first session serves as a time for me to learn about your unique story and discuss ways that I may be able to support you in your journey. Together, we create treatment goals that guide our therapeutic work. During ongoing sessions, we explore and challenge ineffective beliefs, thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. I incorporate a variety of therapeutic interventions (i.e. psychotherapeutic, health and wellness, yoga therapy, and energy healing) into our sessions and offer you exercises/tools to practice between sessions. Periodically, we will evaluate your progress and explore new areas for growth.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
While I find great value in therapy, I believe it is just one piece of the puzzle. My past professional experiences working on interdisciplinary medical teams (including doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, physical therapists, and dieticians) demonstrated the success of a collaborative approach to care. I recognize the importance of holistically supporting the mind and body and therefore see the healing process as a collaborative effort between you, other healers/providers, and myself. I regularly consult with advisors from other modalities and participate in monthly peer consultation. This allows me to remain sharp and well-informed in my therapeutic practice.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
I fully believe in every individual’s potential to overcome obstacles, grow, and feel better as long as they’re given the guidance and space to do so. Therapy provides the support necessary for you to express your vulnerabilities, transform negativity and pain, and find peace and joy from within. It is a place where you can learn about YOU, your relationships, your past, your patterns, and your habits. This education allows you to evolve into a stronger and happier version of yourself. A therapist is a trusted guide who helps you navigate your journey inward. By embarking on this therapeutic path toward wellness, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!
How does your work as a Yoga Therapist, Reiki Master, and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach inform your work as a psychotherapist?
My work as a yoga therapist, reiki master, and integrative nutrition health coach has empowered me to take a holistic and all-encompassing approach to psychotherapy. I value what I’ve learned from the philosophies and practices of each healing art and have found their benefits to be tenfold when combined. My most valuable takeaway is understanding the significant role that the central nervous system plays in mental and physical health. With the influences of various wellness theories, my primary goal in psychotherapy is to support clients in developing skills and practices that activate their body’s relaxation response and regulate their central nervous system. The nervous system doesn’t have to be as nervous as it feels!
“With a compassionate approach, I empower clients to develop the awareness and tools necessary for creating positive transformation in their lives.”