“The most important aspect between a therapist and a client is the relationship; I work to create a relaxed, peaceful, and trusting atmosphere.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Right out of college, I pursued a career in songwriting and music. While this was exciting for a time, it was not something that I saw myself doing long-term. I knew music would always be a part of who I am, but studying psychotherapy was a transformative experience. I have been practicing for over 12 years and, every day, I have the opportunity to connect with clients from diverse backgrounds who inspire me with their life stories. I received a master's degree from New York University, a doctorate from the Smith College School for Social Work, and an MBA from Adelphi University. I have been featured in Newsweek, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Modern Healthcare. I also serve as the associate director of a university counseling center in the New York area.
What should someone know about working with you?
The most important aspect between a therapist and a client is the relationship; I work to create a relaxed, peaceful, and trusting atmosphere. When we meet for the first time, I start by asking specific questions to help me get to know you better, but soon the therapy adopts a less formal structure. We will talk about what is on your mind, discuss your personal history, and explore your goals in a nonjudgmental and objective environment. I use my years of training in psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness to guide me, but ultimately working together feels like a natural conversation with a trusted advisor.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Lao Tzu famously said, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Taking the first step in any journey can feel difficult because you don’t know what lies ahead. But it is quite exciting, too. Think of me as your personal sherpa: Someone who knows the terrain, climate, and potential pitfalls. If you are open and willing to take the first step and try something new, I will be by your side, supporting you throughout the process. At the end of the day, it is the things that challenge us and make us a little uncomfortable that ultimately help us flourish. Sign up for a free initial consultation and I’d be happy to speak with you to determine how I can help.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
While I am very excited about teletherapy, I was skeptical at first and I wanted evidence that remote therapy was useful. I believed that effective counseling demanded a face-to-face approach and was unconvinced that mental health counselors could build a powerful, productive bond without in-person sessions. I've since transformed into a true believer. Not only has teletherapy proven its effectiveness, but it’s also deepened the therapeutic experience of my clients in ways I never expected. Clients can find reassurance in the surprising closeness we’ve discovered through virtual connection and I look forward to continuing to offer remote therapy.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
In addition to counseling, I’ve developed a customized program that helps clients foster resilience, focus, and emotional fortitude. I lecture regularly and I’ve been an innovator and leader in creating a multidimensional approach to support wellbeing. I combine elements of social, physical, emotional, financial, and intellectual health with a focus on helping clients increase their resilience.
“I use my years of training in psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness to guide me, but ultimately working together feels like a natural conversation with a trusted advisor.”