“I offer a warm and nonjudgmental atmosphere where we can explore your past, better understand your present, and develop specific skills to reach your goals and improve your overall quality of life.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As a first-generation college student, I understand the stressors that arise when trying to achieve a fulfilling lifestyle without the knowledge or support of how to do so. My passion for therapy and helping others stems from my personal experiences in learning to navigate through life’s pressures in a healthy and productive manner. I chose to study counseling for mental health at New York University in hopes of developing a strong foundation of clinical skills that would allow me to help my clients overcome personal obstacles and make positive life changes. I completed my clinical internship at the Weill Cornell Midtown Treatment Center while working in an outpatient substance abuse setting. This experience has allowed me to understand how to use specialized skills when assessing and treating clients suffering with a mental illness as well as dual diagnoses.
What should someone know about working with you?
The intake process lasts approximately one session and consists of questions that allow me to better understand your life history. I offer a warm and nonjudgmental atmosphere where we can explore your past, better understand your present, and develop specific skills to reach your goals and improve your overall quality of life. In my work, I will aid you in identifying, challenging, and replacing the thoughts and behaviors that add to your stressors. At the end of each session, I will provide you with homework that will support your ability to apply what you have learned in session to your everyday life. I enjoy working with women who struggle with anxiety disorders, self-esteem issues, and depressive disorders.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I consistently take continuing education courses in order to learn and build competencies as a provider. I have recently taken courses on dialectical behavioral therapy as well as cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
As an undergraduate, I gained experience in conducting research, running statistical analyses, and writing empirical papers. I used this opportunity to explore my interest in the topic of substance abuse within a variety of populations. My honors thesis examined how acculturative stress may influence immigrant youth to engage in risky behaviors. In addition, as a staff writer for the NYU Applied Psychology Online Publication for Undergraduate Studies, I wrote an article that discussed the role of peer pressure in alcohol use among college students. From these experiences, I gained extensive knowledge on substance abuse and the factors that put a variety of populations at risk. My participation in the process of conducting and inseminating research has shown me the importance of understanding issues and populations on a broader level. However, my main interest lies in using this knowledge to help others on a more individualistic basis.
“I enjoy working with women who struggle with anxiety disorders, self-esteem issues, and depressive disorders.”