“I tend to conceptualize psychodynamically and then choose interventions according to each client’s needs, creating a mutual exchange that helps them make meaning of their lives.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I am a licensed psychologist in New Jersey with a doctorate in clinical psychology from Long Island University. Prior to that, I earned a double bachelor’s degree in music and psychology. I have worked with a variety of clientele, including adults, families, adolescents, children, and even infants. Having recently worked at Seton Hall Law School as their in-house psychologist for two years, I deeply enjoy working with the emerging adult population. I also completed a one-year internship in infant and toddler mental health with a focus on perinatal mental health and dyadic therapy (treatment that engages both mother and infant and is effective in improving attachment). I have certification as a perinatal mental health specialist and I serve as a consultant to Alternative to Domestic Violence, a county rehabilitation program in Hackensack.
What should someone know about working with you?
Most of my clients are struggling with anxiety and/or depression. Having been formally trained in dual theoretical orientations and moving on to work in various clinical settings, I have learned to use different therapeutic tools in an integrative manner. As I meet with new clients, my goal is to tailor each individual’s treatment to his or her needs. I tend to conceptualize psychodynamically and then choose interventions according to each client’s needs, creating a mutual exchange that helps them make meaning of their lives. This approach has proven to be empowering for both my clients and myself and led to successful outcomes.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I like to stay informed on recent and relevant training and information. In June 2021, I completed a 40-hour DBT certification training. I also attended the annual PSI conference put on through Postpartum Support International. This allowed me to learn about the latest developments and topics in maternal mental health.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Working with the diverse populations of New York’s metropolitan area has challenged me to explore my own identity and better understand the constructs my own culture created in me. Every individual I encounter and every therapy session are opportunities to discover the worlds of others.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am happy and encouraged that mental health care is becoming mainstream. So many people are seeking treatment to improve their lives and I am heartened that this will help dissolve the social stigma associated with going to therapy.
“This approach has proven to be empowering for both my clients and myself and led to successful outcomes.”