“I find I work best with clients who want to deepen their self-awareness and understanding of how their minds and bodies work as a means of being with themselves and relating to others.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Ever since I was a child, I’ve loved learning about people and cultures. My grandmother started me on this path, taking me to different churches and cultural institutions in and around Washington DC and introducing me to people, cultures, beliefs, practices, and food. I credit her with igniting my curiosity and cultivating my ability to connect and listen in an accepting, nonjudgmental way. Fast forward past the years of formal education and work in hospitals, nonprofits, and universities and I have now spent the last 12 years in private practice. I'm a member of many learning communities from which I've sought training and certifications, including the New York University School of Social Work, the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and the Yale Parenting Center. I've also personally learned a lot from being a parent and partner.
What should someone know about working with you?
Therapy with me is a collaborative, relational process. You don't get to choose your teachers or your boss but you do get to choose your therapist. This process starts with a phone call for each of us to explore and decide together if the fit is right. I find I work best with clients who want to deepen their self-awareness and understanding of how their minds and bodies work as a means of being with themselves and relating to others. In our work together, we create a new owner’s manual for sustained wellbeing. It's important that what we talk about and learn in therapy is carried beyond session into the world, practiced, reported on, and further honed. Therapy is an iterative process.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Psychotherapy requires a commitment to lifelong learning. What drives me these days is unity of knowledge across fields. I currently enjoy studying anything at the intersection of psychotherapy and neuroscience. I infuse mindfulness-informed approaches into my practice, using acceptance, self-compassion, and gratitude, all aspects of meaning-centered therapies that promote wellbeing. I'm fortunate to have a broad range of providers in and beyond my field with whom I collaborate. These include but are not limited to meditation teachers, yoga instructors, acupuncturists, chiropractors, dieticians, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and nurse practitioners. I am constantly learning from them and I hope they are learning from me as well. I also lead two classes in the master's program at the NYU School of Social Work, teaching clinical assessment and diagnosis as well as mindfulness in clinical practice. I value all I learn from my students.
What are some fun facts about you and what do you like to do in your spare time?
I have two cats, two dogs, two daughters, and one husband. I can get way too wrapped up in Netflix and Hulu shows. In my spare time, I love to read, garden, travel, and take on new learning projects. I’ve recently rediscovered writing and am learning to blog. Stay tuned!
“In our work together, we create a new owner’s manual for sustained wellbeing.”