“I gravitated toward psychodynamic theory and treatment, as it takes a holistic and deep look at the mind.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
In my medical training I was originally on a path towards becoming a cardiologist. During my Internal Medicine residency I found meaning in counseling families of sick or dying patients. I chose to switch to Psychiatry so that I could help patients live better, rather than longer lives. In my training I gravitated towards psychodynamic theory and treatment as this approach takes a holistic and deep look at the mind. I have completed various psychodynamic therapy based fellowships including at the William Alanson White Institute, the New York Psychoanalytic Institute and will soon be training in Transference Focused Psychotherapy at Columbia’s Psychoanalytic Institute.
What should someone know about working with you?
Intake sessions are 75 minutes so allow for a comprehensive understanding not just of symptoms but who an individual is as a unique person. Follow up therapy appointments are 45 minutes once or twice a week and med management visits vary from 30-45 minutes based on patient’s needs and complexity. We establish priorities that will guide the treatment plan. My approach is flexible and may include elements of CBT or DBT. I engage my patients in a friendly and comforting manner.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I typically reach out to other mental health providers involved in your treatment to help me understand my patients better and to coordinate treatment. For patients with complex medical conditions I will also coordinate with medical specialists. I am in favor of teamwork when possible.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
It can be scary to open up about yourself. Sometimes we fear learning things that we may not like or we don’t want to feel crazy. Therapy is meant to be a process that goes at your own pace. Therapists are curious and offer empathy. Learning about yourself and learning to accept yourself as you are is the path to true growth.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am very excited about education, both as a learner and a teacher. I look forward to ongoing training courses throughout my career. I also look forward to any opportunities that involve educating trainees or informing the public about mental health issues through the media.
“Therapy is meant to be a process that goes at your own pace, optimizing your comfort.”