“When you work with me, you won’t be alone; I am engaging and active in our sessions.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
After graduate school, I completed a fellowship in leadership at the New York State Psychological Association. I worked as a clinical psychologist for years and became the director of training at Holliswood Hospital before taking the role of director at a community mental health clinic. Eventually, I realized I missed the clinical work and making a difference in the lives of patients. So, I returned to the private practice setting in 2014 and I haven’t looked back. I feel enriched working with clients, helping individuals, and partnering with them in their journeys. I have a special interest in trauma and believe, with treatment, we can transform it from a heavy boulder weighing on our shoulders to a tiny pebble in our pocket. It’s still there, but it doesn’t interfere with our growth or ability to live a joyous life. Working with licensed clinicians and helping them grow is also a passion of mine. I previously worked at Harlem Hospital, serving on the faculty, and teaching psychotherapy to the psychiatry residents.
What should someone know about working with you?
When you work with me, you won’t be alone; I am engaging and active in our sessions! Treatment is targeted, focused, and personal - I am by your side to help you navigate what comes next. I specialize in helping individuals develop tools to combat stress, get meaning from their trauma, and overcome challenging situations with a greater appreciation of their own strength. I am real, genuine, and adaptable to your needs. If something isn’t working, that’s ok. There’s always a more creative approach that hasn’t yet been discovered. We can explore, together.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
It can be scary to decide to change any aspect of your life, from the small to the big. Sometimes people feel as though growth is impossible or they fear that they won’t recognize themselves if they change. In reality, therapy helps access the parts of yourself that you have lost. By reuniting with yourself, you’re able to envision a better future. Therapy teaches tools that combat stress and act as vital life skills intended to help anyone succeed professionally and personally. Sometimes early life events leave us with assumptions that we can’t - we can’t do this or we can’t be that. By tackling these experiences, we will approach conflicts in a light and straightforward manner. You don’t have to muscle through problems on your own; reach out and connect - that's what we’re here for. And you just might surprise yourself with what you can achieve.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I have experience doing pro bono work with the military and this widened my understanding of trauma, including the perspective of seeing it as a systematic, widespread issue. This insight has better prepared me to help individuals with the traumas they have experienced. Something I learned is that when you feel alone in your trauma, it often becomes insurmountable. On the other hand, if you develop a team of people in your corner (for many, this includes a therapist), the load grows lighter. You start to feel empowered and realize you can overcome the story that has been defeating you for years.
How do you help individuals who feel stuck professionally?
I use executive coaching skills to help individuals achieve higher salaries, better work life balance, and better relationships with their employers and employees. While this may feel only applicable inside the office, these skills are tangible, valuable, and help clients access the life they have always wanted to live. Powerful dynamics of identity, self-esteem, assertiveness, and cultural and gender-based challenges often get in the way of achieving goals, looking at issues with a renewed perspective, and getting to the next level.
“I specialize in helping individuals develop tools to combat stress, get meaning from their trauma, and overcome challenging situations with a greater appreciation of their own strength.”