“I believe we all have the answers buried inside of us; sometimes, we just need some guidance in uncovering obstacles that get in our way of achieving inner peace and balance.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have worked in various settings, including mental health clinics, schools, and a private group therapy practice over the past 20 years. My training was done at NYU and I have been working with teenagers at a school for the past 20 years and at a private group practice for five years. My training is both cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic. I love to incorporate mindfulness and self-care into my practice as well.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am committed to helping clients reach their fullest potential. My goal is for my clients to find inner peace and balance. I believe this process is done by exploring one’s past, beliefs, and life experiences. I also feel everyone is capable of change; they just need a willingness to be open and honest. I believe therapy should serve as an opportunity for a client to share their story while gaining an understanding of oneself. I feel the relationship should be a collaborative journey with me serving as a guide toward self-exploration. I hope to assist clients in obtaining a better understanding of why they think, act, and behave the way they do. I strive to provide an environment where you can freely talk, break down walls, share feelings, embrace support, and ultimately acquire tools for life's journey. I use an empathetic and nonjudgmental style to facilitate the healing that clients seek.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe we all have the answers buried inside of us; sometimes, we just need some guidance in uncovering obstacles that get in our way of achieving inner peace and balance. I view therapy as the greatest investment in oneself. My hope is to assist clients in understanding their thought patterns to ultimately achieve happiness. I will provide a safe place for you to explore your past with compassion. We will work collaboratively to help you better understand your thoughts and how those thoughts impact the person you are today.
Why are people still reluctant to seek treatment?
I wish more people were willing to reach out for treatment rather than suffer in silence. There is still a tremendous stigma attached to mental health instability in the world. I believe in the power of therapy and of building a relationship with clients in the hope of healing from one's past. I believe with more people talking openly and honestly about mental health awareness and the attention the media and celebrities have given to this topic, many more individuals will seek help and diminish the stigma attached to mental health issues. The pandemic opened people’s eyes to the need to communicate with others and not isolate and suffer alone. I believe there is a great increase in individuals suffering from depression and anxiety and I hope more people are willing to seek help because it is not shameful to reach out. There is great strength in knowing when we need help! Recognizing when we need help is a gift we should embrace rather than run from. We need to never give up on ourselves, strive to continuously grow, and always look to how we can improve and be the best version of ourselves.
“We will work collaboratively to help you better understand your thoughts and how those thoughts impact the person you are today.”