“Whether we are discussing a past experience or something that is happening in the present, you will learn to slow things down and examine your life in a more detailed and meaningful way.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Before I became a therapist, I worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Google, Inc., which helped me to understand and address the different stresses that people can encounter throughout life. I’ve spent time as an amateur stand-up comic and I think that humor can make therapy more enjoyable and worthwhile. I’ve also spent over half my life in my own therapy, so I really understand what it’s like to work on yourself with a therapist. My experience in therapy is the reason I became interested in working with people. I studied psychology in college and received my master's in clinical social work from New York University. I am committed to continuing to learn and grow as a therapist through clinical supervision, through additional trainings, and by continuing to work on myself in my own treatment.
What should someone know about working with you?
We’ll use the first few sessions to get to know each other and figure out what you want to work on. I'm really interested in how past experiences influence and shape who you are, and I understand that therapy needs to be tailored to your needs. I make a concerted effort to listen carefully, and I'm quick to pick up on patterns that might be contributing to feelings of unhappiness. I also have experience using cognitive behavioral therapy to provide concrete tools that help people learn how to manage and change thought patterns and unpleasant emotions outside of therapy. I enjoy working with anyone who is willing to try changing their life for the better, which can be hard but ultimately worthwhile.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe that successful psychotherapy is based on trust, collaboration, and mutual respect. My own experience in therapy has shown me that finding the right person to talk to — that therapist you click with — is arguably the most important factor in helping a person grow and change for the better. Whether we are discussing a past experience or something that is happening in the present, you will learn to slow things down and examine your life in a more detailed and meaningful way. You are the expert on yourself and our work will show you that you are more than capable of addressing, understanding, and, ultimately, moving on from what is holding you back from being your best self.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I'm glad that people seem to be more open to therapy and the importance of attending to mental health. I know that taking the first step and actually trying therapy can be really scary — trust me, I've done it myself and I know what it feels like. But I also know how important and worthwhile it is.
How do you keep improving as a therapist?
I improve as a therapist by working with people as much as I can and by learning from people with more experience and knowledge. This is a profession where you learn from the masters, so I try to be as humble, self-aware, and open to direction as possible. I consistently learn from my therapist, my supervisors, and by reading about psychology. I especially enjoy reading books written by experienced psychotherapists who truly know what to expect, how to improve, and what it feels like to do this kind of work over a lifetime.
“You are the expert on yourself and our work will show you that you are more than capable of addressing, understanding, and, ultimately, moving on from what is holding you back from being your best self.”