“Some theoretical approaches I often enjoy using include cognitive behavioral therapy and solution-focused brief therapy.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I attended SUNY Albany where I graduated with my bachelor's degree in psychology and advanced my studies by earning a master's degree in mental health counseling from Hofstra University in 2014. Being born and raised in New York has shaped me in ways that have allowed me to become a well-rounded and culturally-competent therapist. I have worked in a multitude of capacities, including as a psychiatric rehabilitation specialist on an inpatient psychiatric unit, a case manager working with the severely mentally ill, an assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) coordinator for those who are medication-resistant, a family specialist on a forensic assertive community treatment (FACT) team with those who have been in and out of the jail system, and a supervisor on an assertive community treatment team where I oversaw 60+ clients and multiple staff members. I have been in private practice since 2018 and enjoy building strong, lasting, and trusting working relationships with my clients.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am aware that beginning the process of therapy can be extremely stressful and daunting. I like to ensure that I do everything in my power to make it as smooth of an experience as possible. During intake, I will gather information about the client to establish a foundation to build on as we continue our work together in therapy. I like to understand the client's goals and how we will monitor and measure the client's progress over time. Some theoretical approaches I often enjoy using include cognitive behavioral therapy and solution-focused brief therapy. I use these approaches to help clients reframe their maladaptive thought processes and behaviors while also constructing a concrete vision of a preferred future by understanding what has worked and not worked so well in the past. I feel fortunate to help clients gain a new appreciation of themselves, a more positive outlook and attitude, and improved coping skills to tackle issues as they appear.
“I feel fortunate to help clients gain a new appreciation of themselves, a more positive outlook and attitude, and improved coping skills to tackle issues as they appear.”