“Having a good relationship with a therapist is the foundation of good work and we will use the beginning of therapy to look at your expectations, goals, and needs.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I knew early on that I wanted to work with people. I had the good fortune of being inspired by a social worker in high school and found my way into the BSW/MSW program at NYU, graduating in 2008. It was clear to me how important it is for people to have a place to say what feels heavy or work out questions and insecurities with someone who really wants to hear them. I've worked in various outpatient settings over nearly 15 years and have found that connecting to people with honesty, collaboration, and a little humor can be the beginning of a meaningful process. I have experience working alongside people with anxiety, depression, trauma, problems managing life transitions, and in different stages of recovering from substance use and addictions. I am always amazed by the ability people have to overcome. I feel inspired and grateful to be able to do this work.
What should someone know about working with you?
People come to therapy for many different reasons and in varying stages of readiness; any reason is a good one and therapy starts where you are. At the beginning of therapy, we will take some time to talk about what's happening now and complete an intake that looks at a number of different areas of life and some things from the past. This generally happens over 1-2 sessions. Having a good relationship with a therapist is the foundation of good work and we will use the beginning of therapy to look at your expectations, goals, and needs. We will talk regularly about how things are feeling and look at progress to be sure that everyone is on the same page.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Telehealth has started to change the landscape of therapy and is more widely available than ever before. It's exciting to see how this change allows more access and greater comfort with starting or continuing therapy. People with busy schedules, those balancing kids, and those who have difficulty leaving home for whatever reason can all get the support they need with the least number of barriers.
“We will talk regularly about how things are feeling and look at progress to be sure that everyone is on the same page.”