“I recognized that my ability to understand and help other young professionals in the workplace was more than just a useful business skill — it was the foundation for a dynamic clinical practice.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
Therapy has always played an important role in my life, but I did not immediately recognize my professional desire to become a therapist. I pursued a career in finance after graduating from Cornell University, working in the intense, high-stress world of stock trading. What I lacked in passion for the markets I made up for in strong interpersonal skills and a fascination with human behavior, motivation, and relationships. In time, I recognized that my ability to understand and help other young professionals in the workplace was more than just a useful business skill — it was the foundation for a dynamic clinical practice. I am passionate about using my own experience to guide young adults who are navigating life changes in this complicated, modern world.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
Whether you are feeling overwhelmed by life's demands, struggling with relationships, or seeking increased fulfillment in your day-to-day, therapy can help you. Your interest in being here is the only requirement to getting started. Our sessions will start where you feel comfortable and move forward in a collaborative process that includes reflection, problem solving, and goal setting. I believe in a holistic approach to psychotherapy, incorporating psychodynamic techniques with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, and collaboration with medical providers. I welcome client feedback and input throughout our work together. I believe that you are the foremost expert on yourself; my role is to guide you to become the best version of that self. Together, we will create the space for meaningful change in your life.
What do you think is the biggest barrier today for people seeking care?
I believe that stigmatization remains one of the biggest barriers for people seeking care. While our society has made some progress in normalizing mental healthcare, there are still many who believe therapy is only for people with “problems” or those who are emotionally weak. The fear and shame stemming from these misconceptions prevents countless people from seeking the care they need to live happier, healthier, and more productive lives. Therapy is not exclusively for people with diagnosed mental illnesses; therapy is for anyone who is interested in investing in their current and future self. In the same way you work out with a personal trainer to stay in strong physical shape, therapy is a form of exercise and training for your emotional health.
If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?
It is normal to have reservations about therapy, especially if it is your first time or if you did not connect well with a previous therapist. We live in a data-driven, results-oriented world where time is a precious commodity. You may be thinking, is this process really worth my time and money? Will I get anything out of this? My answer to you is yes, and you will. While therapy can be challenging at times, if you remain open to the process and committed to doing the work, it has the power to transform your life. In therapy, you will build emotional resilience — a skill to maintain and strengthen your wellbeing, and more effectively address negative feelings and challenges as they arise. Therapy is truly the best investment you can make in yourself.
What are some possible benefits or outcomes of therapy?
Some benefits can be experienced almost immediately, while others require a longer investment in the therapeutic process. People often find that the act of showing up for therapy is cathartic in and of itself. Sharing your thoughts and feelings in a safe, non-judgmental space can feel like a weight has been lifted off of you, and make you feel less alone in the world. In addition to treating conditions like anxiety and depression, psychotherapy can help you to improve your relationships, career, self-esteem, and outlook on life. You will develop skills that build your emotional intelligence and improve your ability to manage challenging feelings, people, and situations. Many people also use therapy to create healthier habits, such as establishing good sleep practices and maintaining nutritional and fitness routines.
“I believe that you are the foremost expert on yourself; my role is to guide you to become the best version of that self.”