“I personally believe the therapeutic alliance is a joint effort—our partnership, among other factors, will support treatment goals and help clients attain their maximum potential.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I received my MSW from Lehman College’s Social Work Program and am currently working toward a PhD in social work at Adelphi University. I take a psychodynamic approach and often integrate evidenced-based models, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused brief therapy, into my practice. I provide clinical supervision to MSW graduates, LMSWs, and LCSWs. I am also an adjunct faculty member at Adelphi’s School of Social Work.
What should someone know about working with you?
Before working together, I offer intake sessions to gather information about my clients and learn what has brought them to therapy at that time. In weekly sessions, I tailor integrative approaches to my client’s needs, so that we can work toward optimal functioning. If you’re ever unable to visit the office, I can also accommodate a telephone or Skype session. I personally believe the therapeutic alliance is a joint effort—our partnership, among other factors, will support treatment goals and help clients attain their maximum potential. As I do in many aspects of my life, I encourage transparency and communication with my clients.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I have worked in many mental health settings, from health systems and community-based organizations to academia. These experiences were not only professionally fruitful—they also afforded me the privilege of working on integrated teams of interdisciplinary professionals. As a team and a cohort, we were able to meet the clients’ and students’ needs the best way possible—through collaboration and holistic care.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
There have been exciting cultural and academic shifts in mental health that break down the stigmas, especially within marginalized groups. Even so, the stigmas persist—so taking the first step in seeking out therapy can be difficult. I encourage anyone who’s considering therapy to contact a clinician for treatment—if they don’t meet your needs, then keep looking for someone who does. Speak with anyone you know who’s already in treatment. Once you move past your hesitation about therapy, overcoming your fears will give you strength.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
My current research focuses on the impact of post-traumatic growth on marginalized communities that face complex health outcomes and reduced quality of life. I also focus on the emergence of cultural humility in the patient-provider relationship. My professional experiences have provided me with the opportunity to expand and cultivate skills that allow me to be more culturally competent and mindful of my clients’ intersecting identities.
“Taking the first step in seeking out therapy can be difficult. I encourage anyone who’s considering therapy to contact a clinician for treatment—if they don’t meet your needs, then keep looking for someone who does.”