“I make sure that we do what is best for you in therapy and stick to what works for you as an individual.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always strived to help others and increase their general happiness with daily life. This is my first career and I absolutely love it. But to be honest, I was once on my way to law school and then something changed. I decided to stay in New Jersey and apply to the Master of Social Work Program at Rutgers University. As school went on in the master's program, I decided to become a therapist and found my true passion. Immediately after graduation, I obtained a position as a social worker and started working on my clinical hours. Before going into private practice, I worked in several settings, including in general mental health, working with children and families as an intensive community therapist, and working at a county governmental agency in New Jersey.
What should someone know about working with you?
During my intake process, I ask you several questions about your history and current situation. The first session is always the intake and usually takes 1.5 hours. I do assign homework at times; however, I am very flexible and work with your needs. I make sure that we do what is best for you in therapy and stick to what works for you as an individual. I work with clients dealing with ADHD, agoraphobia, anxiety, social anxiety, daily life stressors, depression, and relationship concerns.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am always participating in continuing education courses and reading new books on the best evidence-based practices. Audible and Kindle are seriously my best friends! I constantly listen to new therapy books, styles, approaches, and tools that might be helpful to my clients. The learning in psychotherapy never stops. At the moment, I am learning more about mindfulness and guided meditation.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am very excited about telehealth and all the new features that are coming out. Telehealth allows clients to have the freedom to engage in therapy from home and not worry about rushing to the office. Many people felt skeptical about telehealth; however, it is just as effective as in-office therapy. I think telehealth is going to evolve even more and I am hoping insurance companies will allow their clients this continued coverage.
“I work with clients dealing with ADHD, agoraphobia, anxiety, social anxiety, daily life stressors, depression, and relationship concerns.”