“I am a change-oriented therapist who is committed to tailoring my therapeutic or assessment approach to your needs.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I became more interested in psychology during high school and wanted to learn more about concepts like resilience and grit. I earned my doctoral degree in bilingual school psychology from St. John’s University where I received clinical training in the provisions of CBT and REBT in outpatient settings. Simultaneously, I worked in school settings to gain expertise in the administration of psychoeducational testing and psychological counseling with children of all ages. My doctoral dissertation focused on the relationship between cross-cultural irrational thinking, emotional intelligence, and resilience. Since graduate school, I have worked in a variety of clinical settings, including outpatient clinics and public schools in Connecticut and New York. Aside from my private practice, I am currently working within an elementary school setting to provide school-based DBT, counseling, consultation, and bilingual psychoeducational evaluations.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am a change-oriented therapist who is committed to tailoring my therapeutic or assessment approach to your needs and helping you manage specific problems or achieve balance and growth in your life. I have a bubbly personality and I value trust, honesty, and accountability.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I enjoy collaborating with providers who have either worked with my client in the past or offer other types of treatment, such as medication management, group therapy, or neuropsychological evaluations. It saves time in terms of better understanding the client and what specifically gets in the way of them living a fulfilling life. It also provides a better overall conceptualization of the problem, therefore making me more effective at helping my client.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Therapy is a great way to better understand yourself and how to optimize your functioning. It is a judgement-free zone where your barriers in life become the target of our collaboration. Therapy is about developing tools to cope with situations and challenges that come your way and also involves processing past events so that you can move on.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
One specific topic that interests me is the work that I started during my doctoral years, which focused on resilience and things that promote resilience. I think a lot of my work focuses on helping clients become more resilient in the face of adversity. Throughout my practice, I have used some of the things I learned from research to help clients overcome various obstacles in their functioning and my work continues to refine what that research revealed.
“Therapy is a great way to better understand yourself and how to optimize your functioning.”