“My therapeutic approach is eclectic, interactive, and solution-focused.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I attended Fordham University and achieved both my undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology there. I had hoped to attend law school but could not afford the tuition. However, I was granted a graduate scholarship to achieve advanced degrees in psychology. My real interest in becoming a therapist emerged during my clinical internship where I was able to work one-to-one with clients. I come from an extended immigrant family in New York City where we learned to help each other in crisis and help our neighbors out.
What should someone know about working with you?
I prefer working with adults of all ages. My therapeutic approach is eclectic, interactive, and solution-focused. If you are experiencing anxiety, depression, chronic stress, trauma, or problems with relationships or unfulfilled life experiences, I always make an effort to empathize with your feelings and foster a collaborative environment where in-depth exploration can occur. My first contact with any client usually involves a clinical interview and a discussion of my approach and treatment plan. At the end of the session, the client provides a consent to treatment. In addition to talk therapy, I do ask the client to complete a few clinical surveys that help me better understand their personal dynamics.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
When I was forced to conduct my sessions online because of COVID, I was pessimistic about the effectiveness of telehealth when compared to in-person treatment. After a few weeks, I began to realize how really constructive it can be. Clients have told me that they feel so much more comfortable sharing their personal stories from their own homes. One said she felt safer talking from home than in a strange office. I will now give clients a choice of whether they want in-person sessions or sessions via teletherapy.
“If you are experiencing anxiety, depression, chronic stress, trauma, or problems with relationships or unfulfilled life experiences, I always make an effort to empathize with your feelings and foster a collaborative environment where in-depth exploration can occur.”