“I have always enjoyed getting to know people and coming to understand what inspires them.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always enjoyed getting to know people and coming to understand what inspires them. Becoming a therapist was always my goal to learn techniques to help clients minimize any challenges and symptoms that prevent them from being the best version of themselves. Having worked in several urban hospitals in New York, most of my psychiatric experience was with clients coping with serious mental illness and histories of trauma. I was part of a team of clinicians who have had years of training with a collective focus on being client-centered, which was firmly beneficial to helping produce positive outcomes. My experience gave me a great array of tools that I can share with clients who may be dealing with mild, moderate, or severe challenges, helping improve their overall ability to cope and function in order to meet their goals.
What should someone know about working with you?
Our intake begins with a telephone screening to see why someone is seeking to start therapy and a discussion of the basic goals they wish to accomplish through therapy services. We will also review insurance information. Prior to a scheduled intake appointment, I will email out an intake packet for the client to complete that includes treatment consent forms, demographic info, and assessment tools. We will then discuss treatment goals and the techniques utilized while establishing a treatment plan and an agreed-upon schedule that works best for the client. Techniques commonly utilized in therapy are cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and motivational interviewing. Oftentimes, homework may be recommended in between sessions to observe or reflect upon a scenario or practice skills.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I have found it very beneficial to stay up-to-date on recent research and best practice techniques to keep my clinical skills sharp. I often make it a point to attend continuing education conferences, collaborate with strong colleagues to seek supervision, and maintain a library of resources.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Working in urban hospitals in New York provided the rich experience of working with a variety of ethnic and culturally-diverse populations. It taught me to be mindful of how each ethnic group has their own set of values. This also lends itself to exploring layers that are similar or different within that group. Being culturally-sensitive with a healthy curiosity can reveal unique and powerful ways that one's culture plays a role in one's recovery process.
“My experience gave me a great array of tools that I can share with clients who may be dealing with mild, moderate, or severe challenges, helping improve their overall ability to cope and function in order to meet their goals.”