“My counseling style is client-centered and tailored to the client’s individual needs based on their personal experiences and present-day goals.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always viewed therapy as an act of service. Early childhood and adolescent experiences inevitably led me into this field; from a very young age, I possessed a curiosity about human behavior and an innate desire to support others. Prior to obtaining my degree in clinical social work from Fordham University, I spent a great number of years working in the New York City healthcare system with diverse people living with chronic medical conditions. This invaluable professional experience coupled with my lived experiences guided my path into the therapeutic realm.
What should someone know about working with you?
As a clinician, it is my privilege to bear witness to the healing process. Trauma work is a gentle dance that is individual-based. My counseling style is client-centered and tailored to the client’s individual needs based on their personal experiences and present-day goals. I strive to establish a safe therapeutic alliance where vulnerability is embraced and self-authenticity can be actualized.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
The welcomed opportunity to continue learning is one of the many reasons I chose to enter this field. Humans and the environment are constantly evolving. As a provider, I am eager to learn and build community relationships to further guide my practice and enhance my skills. To continue providing the best practices to the clients I work with, I regularly participate in continuing education courses and engage in routine group and peer meetings.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
At my core, I believe that we all deserve to feel seen and heard. We are all worthy of self-love, respect, and a greater existence than surviving. We deserve to thrive! Traumatic experiences are not your identity; they are only a piece of the narrative. We each possess an innate ability to rewrite our narrative and turn pain into power. Self-care is essential to the healing journey and I encourage folks I work with to practice acts of self-kindness, breathing, movement, creativity, and rest.
“I strive to establish a safe therapeutic alliance where vulnerability is embraced and self-authenticity can be actualized.”