“We’ll identify manageable goals to help you achieve the changes you want, and we’ll work toward those goals using insight-oriented talk therapy and techniques from CBT, DBT, and mindfulness practices.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My younger, college-aged self wanted to be a visual artist, but I was drawn to a psychology major as a way to understand my own behavior and that of those around me. After completing my bachelor’s degree, I worked in a foster care agency in the Bronx, which pushed me to go to graduate school for my MSW. I graduated with honors from Hunter College School of Social Work in 2006 and have worked as a therapist in a variety of nonprofit settings throughout New York City as well as in a thriving private practice, which started in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and has come to land in Ridgewood, Queens. I am so fortunate to have worked with a varied range of clients in such vibrant communities. I love that I am able to combine many of my strengths and passions (creativity, feminist thought/advocacy, analytical thinking and intuition, connecting with others, and establishing and encouraging community) into a job I love.
What should someone know about working with you?
Our first session or two will be an intake session during which I will ask you specific questions to help me get a better idea of your individual needs. Together, we’ll examine what current stressors and behaviors are contributing to depression, anxiety, or a state of stagnation. We will explore your family of origin and look at past and current patterns, such as self-esteem issues, substance use, body image issues, relationship issues, anger issues, and more. We’ll identify manageable goals to help you achieve the changes you want, and we’ll work toward those goals using insight-oriented talk therapy and techniques from CBT, DBT, and mindfulness practices. As a team, you and I will work to help you achieve a sense of agency over your life and the confidence in yourself to navigate difficult situations more effectively on your own.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I try to attend training or continuing education courses that directly benefit the clients I am working with, which has included training on exposure therapy for clients with OCD and somatic therapy techniques to use with folks who experience symptoms due to intergenerational trauma. I’m excited for the opportunity Alma offers to do more of a deep-dive into anti-oppressive treatment and treatment with an intersectional feminist lens. The next big areas of learning I want to take on are further exploring DBT and learning auricular acupuncture for symptom relief. I would also like to study herbal medicine and its uses in supporting mental health. When I am able to learn new techniques, gain access to new material, and create connection and community with other providers, I feel a refreshed, renewed sense of competency and energy that I believe translates to my work with my clients.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Within the evolving mental health landscape, practitioners are invited to call on more than one modality to help support their client’s healing journey. I feel grateful for the evolution of telehealth, as it not only allows me to continue to interface with my clients but it enables me to access training and continuing education courses that I might not otherwise have access to due to geography and timing. Clients and practitioners are open to alternative modalities to support mental health treatment and there is better access to training, mentors, and teachers of these modalities, which I am so excited to leverage.
“As a team, you and I will work to help you achieve a sense of agency over your life and the confidence in yourself to navigate difficult situations more effectively on your own.”