What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have become intimately familiar with the resources and services available to the elderly and adults with disabilities throughout New Jersey. In addition, my specialized certification as a dementia practitioner enables me to effectively serve those with cognitive impairments. I’m passionate about my work and deeply committed to the needs of each and every client. My broad-based working knowledge of the resources available in the community enables me to recommend long-term and short-term care facilities to match the needs of my clients. My aim is always to set a plan in motion before a crisis occurs.
What should someone know about working with you?
Every call that comes in gets returned, which is when the intake starts. The potential client begins explaining why they reached out or why the referral was made to Lotus Elder Care & Counseling. The next step is a review of the insurance and what is covered. Many times, the client leaves the session with an assignment or reading material. The idea is for the client to be able to practice what is discussed in between sessions. It is also important for the client to adopt the strategies learned in the session and bring them into their life. I work with adults, seniors, and people who are in the role of caregiving. I especially enjoy helping caregivers develop coping mechanisms in order to handle the changing needs.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The opportunity to provide therapy via one of the telehealth platforms means people who were once unable to access services from Lotus Elder Care & Counseling can now receive support.
Are there additional programs in which you are involved?
In addition to being a business owner and practitioner, I am a board member of the Tri-County Ethics Committee. I underwent specialized training at the New Jersey Office of the Ombudsman in ethics consultations and previously offered my expertise during consultations at local long-term care centers. In addition, I am the chairperson of the educational committee, which provides a large conference for the professional community.