“I have an integrative practice; I utilize both a traditional and holistic approach in order to best care for my clients.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had an interest and desire to help others. From a young age, I gravitated toward the world of wellness and healing. This led me to pursue an individualized major at NYU in alternative health with a focus on mind-body healing modalities, psychology, diet and nutrition assessments, as well as Eastern philosophy. It felt like a natural progression to pursue my master’s in clinical social work as the model of understanding a person within their environment and experiences greatly resonated with me. Today, I have an integrative practice; I utilize both a traditional and holistic approach in order to best care for my clients.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe in each individual’s innate strength and capacity to find peace and experience a purposeful, fulfilling life and I believe that therapy plays an integral role in this process. I strive to create a supportive, non-judgmental space in order to gain a true and deep understanding of what brings someone to therapy: their feelings and their experiences. I do not believe that therapy is one-size-fits-all and I tailor my sessions to best serve the individual. This involves meeting someone where they are and working collaboratively in order to set goals, develop tools, and gain meaningful insight and lasting change.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
The notion of wellbeing and the process of healing can often be viewed as multidimensional; working, collaborating, and learning from varying health practitioners allows me to continuously grow as a mental health professional. Though the use of collaboration within a therapeutic relationship may look different for each person, it’s important to assess the possible limits of talk therapy and explore when/if an outside referral could further help a client maintain their goals. Whether it’s working with an additional helping professional such as a psychiatrist, nutritionist, or acupuncturist, or searching for wellness outlets outside the therapy room, I believe part of my role is supporting individuals in finding the best possible treatment additions and options.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
I think it’s common and completely understandable to feel hesitant when starting therapy, especially when one is not in crisis. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to be vulnerable and open with your feelings with someone else, but also with yourself. The best advice I would give is to find someone you feel comfortable with, be patient with yourself, and trust yourself in the process. Therapy is collaborative and amazing outcomes can come from being able to explore and make sense of our own experiences, feelings, and thoughts without the judgement that is often attached.
What types of clients are a good fit with you?
I currently provide individual therapy for adults, young adults, and adolescents. I have a great clinical interest and specialization in anxiety, depression, stress management, and the evolving field and treatment of trauma, specifically as it relates to the mind-body connection. I often work with those experiencing life-transitions: relationship changes, navigating young adulthood, career shifts, or grief. I also have experience working within the field of substance abuse and varying forms of addiction, including recovery support, the role of addiction within the family unit, and codependent relationships. I greatly welcome those who are revisiting therapy or trying it for the very first time.
“I believe in each individual’s innate strength and capacity to find peace and experience a purposeful, fulfilling life and I believe that therapy plays an integral role in this process.”
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