“Therapy can literally change your life for the better.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I was working as a student teacher with underprivileged youth at a school in East Harlem and I was set on becoming a teacher. When I saw that the students came to me to talk about their problems at home, I realized that was my calling. I changed my major the next day. I began my clinical training with Fertility and Family Life Counseling, so I’m well-versed with those who are experiencing infertility, miscarriages, IVF, and marital issues. I then went on to study trauma and the benefits of incorporating EMDR into the therapy process. I studied EMDR with Roy Kiessling and have seen major client growth through this modality.
What should someone know about working with you?
At the first session, I will complete a brief intake form while listening to the needs and goals of the client. Subsequent sessions are “note-free” and will include a back-and-forth conversation in which the client will gain insights into their thoughts and behaviors, and be guided to make positive changes in their life. Homework is necessary after some sessions to be able to infuse the changes into their life and start to create new, adaptive, and positive habits.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Doing something that might make you uncomfortable requires a lot of bravery. It’s not easy to get started, but once you do, I believe you will see the positive benefits of doing so. Change is hard—and it’s sometimes easier to stay “stuck” in the negative than to move forward. But therapy can literally change your life for the better.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
During the current COVID-19 pandemic, people are feeling quite isolated. Many of us aren’t venturing away from our homes for days/weeks at a time. Thankfully, the landscape of therapy has changed dramatically over time. While therapists are being challenged by giving up the face-to-face nuances of seeing a client in person, they can still connect with individuals during these trying times. Technology has been a tremendous help to those who are suffering from isolation, who are traumatized, who are working in healthcare on the front lines, and who need to connect and work out their feelings.
What is EMDR?
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, or EMDR, helps the client process their trauma in a way that sometimes conventional "talk therapy" cannot. The brain takes disturbing events and makes connections that will allow the return of emotional equilibrium. It's fascinating to watch a client come to reformulate their negative beliefs about themselves through EMDR.
“Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, or EMDR, helps the client process their trauma in a way that sometimes conventional "talk therapy" cannot.”