“My method in therapy is very free flow; I let the natural energy in the room guide the session, but I borrow techniques from gestalt and CBT and I always stay person-centered.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
The mind and the psyche have always intrigued me. During college, I explored a variety of different life paths but the one that felt like the best fit was mental health care. I wanted to learn more and furthered my education by attending NYU. Over the course of my experience, I’ve done a lot of personal work and training. I now want to bring awareness to my clients and help them live their most authentic lives. My method in therapy is very free flow; I let the natural energy in the room guide the session, but I borrow techniques from gestalt and CBT and I always stay person-centered.
What should someone know about working with you?
My sessions are very open-ended; there is some structure, but I like to follow the natural path the interaction takes. I do a lot of body-focused work where we explore what feelings and tensions might be arising in the body. We often carry our emotions in the body and exploring the way we express them can give us better insight into ourselves. In therapy, your goals will be my goals and they are set through a mutual understanding between you and me. Much of my work stems from spiritual and gestalt techniques. Therapy is a safe place for the individual to explore who they are and grow in the process, ultimately leading a more authentic and fulfilling life.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Collaboration is a fundamental part of the field; I believe practitioners grow and continue learning by working together. Everyone has their own experiences and by connecting with others, we can learn from their experiences as well. This makes us better clinicians for our clients and increases our abilities to bring them the best possible care. By connecting with others in the field, we are also able to provide any additional resources to our clients in a quick and efficient manner with minimal disruption to care. To make sure I provide holistic and all-encompassing care, I collaborate with social workers and psychiatrists.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Mental health has been stigmatized for as long as I can recall. But there is a shift happening, a movement to destigmatize getting help and acknowledge therapy as means for personal growth rather than something limited to crisis situations. Therapy and mental health care can be fun and engaging by incorporating personal interests into the treatment, thus increasing likelihood of continued treatment! My goal is to help individualize and normalize mental health care.
“I do a lot of body-focused work where we explore what feelings and tensions might be arising in the body.”