“My style is warm and nonjudgmental and my goal is to create a supportive environment in which clients feel empowered to create change in their own lives.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always believed in the value of listening and sharing stories as a vehicle for better understanding ourselves. This led me to study social work at New York University. Since beginning my career as a therapist, I have not imagined doing anything else. My style is warm and nonjudgmental and my goal is to create a supportive environment in which clients feel empowered to create change in their own lives. I have worked in a variety of clinical settings, including inpatient psychiatry, within the criminal justice system, and in higher education. My background is in the treatment of serious mental illness and addiction, but I also explore issues related to identity, relationships, anxiety, and worry in my private practice. I use an integrated approach, bringing in elements of psychodynamic therapy in combination with behavioral interventions to bring about lasting change.
What should someone know about working with you?
I consider you, as the client, the expert on your own life. It is my privilege to partner with you as you explore challenges, experience difficult emotions, and share intimate details about your life. I work hard to build a solid therapeutic rapport and earn the trust each client places in me when they begin therapy. Like any relationship, the therapeutic relationship between clinician and client needs to be a good fit to effect change. Because I believe rapport and connection to be essential aspects of the therapeutic process, I typically conduct 2-3 intake sessions where we get to know each other and outline goals for treatment. During the final intake session, I will share my impressions with you, provide feedback, and lay out my recommendations for treatment. Together, we will determine whether we are a good fit and if you would like to continue working together.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I’m excited about the advances in behavioral neuroscience. There is much we still don’t understand about anxiety, depression, addiction, and trauma, including all the ways to treat these issues. Neuroscience offers an avenue to develop a more complete understanding of why some people struggle more severely than others and how we can deliver more effective and targeted treatments.
“I use an integrated approach, bringing in elements of psychodynamic therapy in combination with behavioral interventions to bring about lasting change.”