“I often work with people trying to come to terms with a difficult upbringing and young adults trying to make the transition to the workforce or college.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As a new college grad, I worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer in middle schools and found that the mental health and counseling part of the job was my favorite. Along with my own positive experiences in therapy, this motivated me to pursue an MSW at New York University. Being a therapist has its challenges, but I know it is the right path for me. I can never feel bored speaking to people and trying to make a connection, which makes it the best job in the world. (For me! I don’t try to turn all my clients into therapists.) Before I began working as an individual therapist, I worked in preventive services for adolescents in crisis and their families. I also have extensive experience in New York State early intervention, providing young children and their families with counseling and behavioral therapy. I also have training in Gottman Couples Therapy. My practice currently focuses on individual adult therapy, but I use this diverse background to help inform my current work.
What should someone know about working with you?
My practice focuses on clients struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, or life transitions. I often work with people trying to come to terms with a difficult upbringing and young adults trying to make the transition to the workforce or college. Parenthood is also a major life transition, and I work with many pregnant people and new parents trying to understand this new stage of life. I use my early intervention background to help parents of young children who are feeling swamped and struggling. Finally, I am a registered nurse as well as a therapist, which helps me bring an extra understanding to clients dealing with chronic or acute physical health issues.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I have additional postgraduate training in cognitive behavioral therapy, psychoanalytic therapy, yoga, and mindfulness, and I am always continuing to improve my practice with more training and reading. I am currently studying gestalt therapy, a form of therapy that focuses on the individual’s experience in the moment. I take the time to reflect both emotionally and intellectually after each session and look for feedback from clients to guide the path forward. I try to honor that the client knows their own situation best while still attempting to independently learn and study issues that affect people I work with. I want to avoid putting the burden of educating and explaining onto the client in a way that is not therapeutic.
“Finally, I am a registered nurse as well as a therapist, which helps me bring an extra understanding to clients dealing with chronic or acute physical health issues.”