“I use humor in my practice while also being very concerned about your wellbeing.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Ever since I can remember, I always loved and wanted to work with people in some capacity. I found that I was always a good listener and naturally empathetic. I wanted to help people get through their inner conflict and move forward. I believe that we have the resilience to work on ourselves, be more hopeful, and have a peaceful life.
What should someone know about working with you?
I use humor in my practice while also being very concerned about your wellbeing. The first session will involve an hour assessment so I can become familiar with you and your story. Moving forward, we will collaborate and prioritize your treatment needs. I really like working with adults, couples, and adolescents (tween and up). I do assign homework as needed.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
For the past 14 years, I have been an adjunct professor in the NYU Silver School of Social Work graduate program. I need to be trained and knowledgeable about new modalities of treatment and medication, as I teach Social Work Practice I and II to future therapists. I also participate in 36+ continuing education units every three years.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
After years of working in community-based mental health clinics, it became extremely important to me to work with anyone who was looking for therapy. I got on multiple insurance panels to reach as many people as possible, since clients should have a choice in who they want to see. I practice using cultural humility with my clients and I truly feel this has allowed me to build rapport with them.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I never used telehealth prior to the pandemic. At first, I had to get used to it. Now, I truly feel it is a great way to reach clients easier and has allowed more people to obtain and receive services. I will continue to use this modality as well as in-person therapy.
“I practice using cultural humility with my clients and I truly feel this has allowed me to build rapport with them.”