“I believe strongly in the values of authenticity and compassion. One of my core strengths as a therapist is building trusting relationships with children and adolescents.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I was introduced to the benefits of effective social work in my undergraduate years, assisting in group work for teens with autism. Since graduating from NYU’s social work program 10 years ago I’ve successfully worked in schools and in individual practice with clients ranging in age from three years to young adults. I believe strongly in the values of authenticity and compassion. One of my core strengths as a therapist is building trusting relationships with children and adolescents.
What should someone know about working with you?
Since I work mostly with children and adolescents, I complete a short intake with parents and then meet with the child separately to determine the best approach. Building trust is essential to the therapeutic relationship and our first few sessions would be spent gathering information and collaborating on setting appropriate goals. I use a mix of solution-focused and psychodynamic therapy with my clients based on their comfort and needs.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I regularly pursue ongoing certificate programs in child and family therapy (from NYU and elsewhere) to stay current on both evolving topics in social work and various types of therapy rather than focusing solely on one intervention. I use a variety of strategies to support my clients and I don’t believe one size fits all; my sessions are collaborative, and I focus on where the client is and what they want to accomplish.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I value honesty and authenticity. When I connect with a client as their therapist, they understand that I will not judge them, but that I can offer skills that are useful to them. Working with adolescents and young adults is a passion of mine and I am very capable of navigating the difficulties that arise during periods of transition.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I love the shift toward executive functioning coaching- including teaching problem-solving skills, how to plan, how to manage time- the lack of which can lead to anxiety, frustration, and depression. Many children benefit greatly from an increased focus on how to work collaboratively with their peers. Social skills are often severely undervalued, and I help my clients gain a better understanding of their own emotions and how to recognize and use empathy. There is currently a lot of attention being paid to the topics of bullying and promoting kindness, and my work extends beyond that to focus on building self-confidence, understanding social cues and navigating the evolving issues raised by the explosive growth of social media.
“I use a variety of strategies to support my clients and I don’t believe one size fits all; my sessions are collaborative, and I focus on where the client is and what they want to accomplish.”