“My current practice is integrative and I am open to any approach that is client-centered!”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
After experiencing and then recovering from a personal crisis almost 20 years ago, I discovered the value in being of service to others who have also struggled with their mental health and/or substance use. I spent years volunteering in a variety of treatment settings (while working in sales, my first career). Later, I became credentialed, first as a substance use specialist and then as a clinical social worker. I believe I have found success with my clients as a therapist due to my genuine curiosity about others (particularly those who are different from me!), my willingness to listen rather than speak, and my focus on being of service to anyone who is interested in transformation. I have now worked professionally in a wide variety of NYC treatment facilities for over a decade while becoming educated and experienced in several therapeutic approaches that work for my clients. My current practice is integrative and I am open to any approach that is client-centered!
What should someone know about working with you?
I like working with any client who is interested in change! We will first meet to build rapport and trust and determine if I am a good fit for you. If we decide to move forward with therapy, we will collaborate on your current goals and objectives and then work together on measuring progress toward those goals. I will assign homework if we agree that it is useful but I tend to let my clients inform me as to whether or not they are making progress and what success looks like for them.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I engage in formal continuing education (training sessions, seminars, workshops, etc.) and informal discussion with colleagues on a regular basis.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I have built a personal and professional life, which is founded on the principle of service; this fundamental principle guides my approach to therapy.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I love seeing the integration of mental health and substance use treatment!
“I have built a personal and professional life, which is founded on the principle of service; this fundamental principle guides my approach to therapy.”