“I believe my ability to listen empathically helps me foster relationships with my clients.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As I completed the final steps of applying to law school, I realized that lawyers help in a different way than I wanted to. So, I pivoted and began working on my master's degree at NYU. After graduating, I worked in a criminal court in Brooklyn with court-involved adults, most of whom struggled with addiction, mental health, and trauma. I met with them and listened closely to determine their needs in order to make recommendations to the court for alternatives to incarceration. After a few years, I was able to use the skills I'd learned (specifically in addiction) to join the organ transplant team at one of New York City’s transplant centers. Throughout my work, I have become aware that speaking about difficult things can be unfamiliar at first and that is why I think it is so important to give my clients time to simply become comfortable with sharing. I believe my ability to listen empathically helps me foster relationships with my clients.
What should someone know about working with you?
It is my honor to be a part of your therapy journey. This may be the first time trying therapy for some while others may have done it before. In any case, I am a new person to you and I am committed to creating a safe space where you can freely express yourself. I believe folks decide to start therapy for many different reasons and I think exploring this is a great way for us to begin our work together. As our relationship develops, we will likely begin to talk about other topics in our sessions while keeping in mind your initial reason for deciding on therapy. We will regularly reassess your goals together and it is my hope that through therapy you will feel a sense of personal growth and an overall increase in satisfaction in the parts of your life that are important to you.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I consider myself a lifelong learner; I often attend grand round presentations at the large New York City hospital where I work and I participate in continuing education courses outside of the hospital. I believe in the value of peer-to-peer and professional supervision, both of which I have integrated into my practice. In addition to my hospital-based work and my private practice, I teach first-year medical students. I frequently find myself learning alongside them and this has provided me with countless opportunities to learn about issues such as access to care, health disparities, and various topics related to cultural competency.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
As a therapist, I believe it is my role to be an empathic listener and an active part of the therapeutic relationship. With that in mind, I still maintain my belief that you are the expert on you; no matter your age, you have come this far without me as your therapist. I am thrilled to join you on your journey and will do so with the intention of helping you explore feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. I intend to support you as you develop a deeper meaning of life experiences but I will never be judgmental. Together, we will celebrate success and work through difficult times. For some, I believe therapy is one part of a detailed puzzle. If medication is something you may be interested in, I have experience working on a multidisciplinary team and will happily collaborate with other providers whether they be psychiatrists or other people caring for you.
“We will regularly reassess your goals together and it is my hope that through therapy you will feel a sense of personal growth and an overall increase in satisfaction in the parts of your life that are important to you.”