“Therapy is both an evidence-based skill and an art form centered on the client-clinician relationship.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I've always enjoyed hearing people's stories. At an early age, people would naturally engage me in stories about their lives and their concerns. I've always enjoyed watching movies and reading books with emotionally complex characters who face obstacles that foster resilience and self-preservation. I'm fascinated with the multifaceted aspects of human behavior and human nature. I was a college student when 9/11 happened. I had wanted to work with elementary school children, but that event made me realize that I needed to lend my skills to adults who had experienced tremendous complex trauma. It has been my life's work ever since. I work with clients from a mindfulness CBT-based approach and through a trauma-informed lens.
What should someone know about working with you?
I encourage clients to enter each session with a sense of what is bringing them to seek help. Many of my clients come to me wanting to go deeper and gain more insight and support. In our first session, I'll want to learn about you: what's working well, what your coping skills are, what challenges you're facing, and how your individual diversity has affected your experiences. Together, we'll explore your thoughts and feelings. We'll work collaboratively to decide the focus and goals for our time together. You'll be amazed at the positive changes you can make.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Therapy is both an evidence-based skill and an art form centered on the client-clinician relationship. It's a relationship built on trust, boundaries, and the desire for growth and renewal of the self. It is unlike most relationships in that we are in tune with our experiences unapologetically and with the intention of seeking growth. Therapy is about tuning in to self-love and growth in a compassionate way, allowing you to explore aspects of the self in a safe, supportive way.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I really like how adaptable therapy is becoming. I have been a social worker since 2005 and have been offering teletherapy for the last two years. I've completed telemental health training to ensure best practices. I founded a bicoastal boutique telehealth practice, Second Wave Wellness, in 2018 to serve residents of New York, Florida, and Virginia, and I host experiential workshops and groups.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
While working at a post-deployment clinic at a VA hospital, I participated in a year-long study monitoring the effectiveness of prolonged exposure therapy in complex PTSD. I'm a certified prolonged exposure therapist, as well.
“I've completed telemental health training to ensure best practices.”