“I am flexible in my approach and tailor sessions to fit the client’s individual needs.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I began my nursing career working with individuals undergoing cancer treatment and discovered how much I loved supporting patients and their families through difficult times. This inspired me to continue my education as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Throughout my training, I gained experience working in a busy community health clinic, a major university counseling center, and a small private practice where I had the privilege of learning from my peers, my supervisors, and seasoned psychiatrists. After graduation, I began working in a psychiatric emergency room in New York City; I’m still there to this day! The addition of outpatient services allows me to work with a variety of individuals facing unique challenges, including struggles that are not necessarily based in crisis.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe in working together to find the best course of treatment and I strive to be a partner. I empower clients by telling them what’s happening every step of the way. I am flexible in my approach and tailor sessions to fit the client’s individual needs. I understand that psychiatric treatment is a difficult process and I aim to provide the support and encouragement necessary for a successful outcome. We will work together to set goals and track your progress using various screening and measurement tools. If you're comfortable, I may also ask you to keep a close eye on your symptoms in between sessions using simple phone apps. This can provide me with invaluable and insightful information.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I believe collaboration is an extremely important part of providing high-quality care. This not only includes collaboration with a client’s other providers but also collaboration with the client themselves. I am part of various professional groups in which we discuss cases anonymously and offer each other advice and suggestions to provide our patients with well-informed care. Collaborating allows me to see the situation from various points of view and plan the most optimal, comprehensive treatment. I have a wide range of referral sources should you desire support from other professionals. I feel strongly that working together is the most effective path forward.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
If you asked me to guess, I’d say that the vast majority of those considering therapy have some feelings of hesitancy. It's only natural to feel uneasy about sharing some of the most personal details of your life with a stranger. I get it; I certainly had some reservations before starting therapy myself years ago! I am incredibly grateful that I eventually took the plunge and discovered that sharing difficult or embarrassing things quickly becomes second nature. Engaging in mental health treatment is a low-risk, high-reward situation for most people. I encourage anyone feeling hesitant to take that first step with the notion that you can take things slow and work at your own comfort level.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited about the movement to bring mental health services into the mainstream using various media sources. By making personal wellness part of our everyday conversation, we help dispel the stigma associated with mental illness. I have seen an increase in advertisements for mental health treatment over the years as well as a large number of celebrities coming forward with their own stories. More recently, the pandemic has brought to light the large number of people dealing with stress and anxiety, and state officials have worked to increase access to care by discussing this openly. I hope this gives those who are quietly struggling through their lives the courage to seek the treatment they need and, importantly, the change they deserve.
“I understand that psychiatric treatment is a difficult process and I aim to provide the support and encouragement necessary for a successful outcome.”