“My goal as a psychologist is to help you feel better quickly by applying proven therapeutic methods in a warm and caring atmosphere.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Growing up, I had a strong desire to connect with people and form relationships. I possessed a deep curiosity to understand the human mind and was fascinated with psychology courses in college. I pursued my doctorate right after college and specialized in the assessment and treatment of severe psychopathology as well as trauma and personality disorders. After graduating with a degree in clinical psychology, I was employed by the NYS Office of Mental Health for over a decade. I started a private practice and continued my work managing community mental health programs. I have taught extensively at undergraduate psychology departments and have trained and supervised doctoral students and psychiatry residents in psychotherapy and clinical assessment.
What should someone know about working with you?
My goal as a psychologist is to help you feel better quickly by applying proven therapeutic methods in a warm and caring atmosphere. I am solution-oriented so you will not spend years in therapy; most clients are in treatment for a few months. At the same time, I work to produce long-term, sustainable change in my clients. In sessions, I help my clients understand and identify how historical patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving influence their current functioning, freeing them from unconscious patterns of relating so that they can experience more satisfying, productive, and authentic lives. I work with my clients to help them learn to independently manage symptoms so that functioning improves. In doing so, I utilize a supportive, flexible, and integrative approach, drawing from psychodynamic, interpersonal, and cognitive behavioral techniques. I customize treatment to best serve the unique needs of my clients and, where applicable, their families.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Outside of my private practice, I am the chief clinical officer of one of the largest behavioral health providers in New York City where I manage the treatment of thousands of clients and the clinical care provided by hundreds of therapists, psychiatrists, and nurse practitioners. On an ongoing basis, I am involved in treatment team meetings for complex cases, training clinical staff on new evidence-based practices, and providing clinical guidance and supervision. Every month, I design and develop new staff trainings where I learn about innovative treatment approaches and therapeutic techniques.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I strongly believe that psychotherapy is a creative collaboration between client and therapist and I believe that the therapeutic relationship provides the foundation for a solid, effective therapy experience. In an encouraging, nonjudgmental environment, I create a safe space to explore the multitude of factors that motivate my clients' behaviors, thoughts, and feelings. To maximize the psychotherapy experience, I provide careful attention and genuine concern, helping my clients to both listen to and care more about themselves.
“I help my clients understand and identify how historical patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving influence their current functioning, freeing them from unconscious patterns of relating so that they can experience more satisfying, productive, and authentic lives.”