“I aim to facilitate a process with three distinct objectives: Identifying and reframing negative thought patterns, developing a stronger awareness of self by connecting themes throughout the life course, and bolstering autonomy and the ability to develop the skills necessary to accomplish goals and find well-being.”
What was your path to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker?
My professional career actually began as an actor at NYU Tisch where I earned a BFA in drama. Upon graduation, I realized my interest was shifting from telling stories through the characters I played to supporting the individuals living out these stories in real life. My path from theater to social work is connected to my passion for helping others access their voices, share their stories, and find emotional well-being in their lives. My time as an actor helped me discover my own power and find a safe space for healing; this is what I strive to provide for my clients. I went on to receive my Master of Social Work from Columbia University. Since then, I have worked in an outpatient clinic, providing individual psychotherapy, and as a medical social worker in a hospital setting. I have also conducted group therapy on topics such as drama therapy and self-empowerment.
What should someone know about working with you?
My sessions are highly collaborative; you are the expert on you, and I want to hear what is and isn’t working for you! Our beginning sessions will be largely devoted to taking history and creating a foundation of trust and respect within our therapeutic dynamic. I will ask you to share what you hope to accomplish so we may begin to create a blueprint together on how best to work toward that. There may be sessions that move at a slower pace as we work toward goals; looking back at past experiences and relationships and deeply exploring their connection to current stressors are essential. I aim to facilitate a process with three distinct objectives: Identifying and reframing negative thought patterns, developing a stronger awareness of self by connecting themes throughout the life course, and bolstering autonomy and the ability to develop the skills necessary to accomplish goals and find well-being.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I have done extensive research on the topics of female aggression, girl-on-girl bullying, and female friendships. These topics hold a special place in my heart due to my own experiences throughout childhood and adolescence, though I feel strongly that these issues carry into adulthood as well. I am continuously amazed by how relevant this research is in my work with female-identifying individuals. Whether we are cognizant of them or not, these dynamics play out in our peer relationships and ultimately manifest in how we view ourselves in relation to those we interact with on a daily basis.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Clients often begin therapy from an overwhelmed, entangled headspace, knowing innately there’s something they would like to work toward but feeling uncertain of what that journey may look like. It’s not easy to seek support. You’ve already taken the biggest step by identifying that you’d like to learn more and exploring your options, so give yourself credit! It’s important to remember that therapy is a nonjudgmental space and that there is no “right” way to do therapy. Wherever you are is the best place to start, and we will take the process one step at a time together. My approach is warm, and our sessions are designed to provide a safe space for you to be heard and feel comfortable being your authentic self.
“My approach is warm, and our sessions are designed to provide a safe space for you to be heard and feel comfortable being your authentic self.”