“I work to build rapport within a trusting relationship and I tailor my practice to fit the needs of each individual client.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Mental health counseling was not my first career choice; throughout my life, I wanted to be a helping professional but in a different capacity. When I was in high school, a counselor told me, —in less nice terms— that I was not college material and that I should reevaluate my career plans (at the time, I wanted to be a lawyer.) He left me feeling as though I was not going to amount to much. I felt defeated, but I also grew motivated to prove him wrong. As I got older, it became clear that counseling was my true calling. I vowed that anyone I worked with would never be made to feel the way I did. As a result, I went on to become a licensed mental health counselor, N.Y.S. licensed school counselor, school building leader, school district leader, and high school guidance counselor. My professional and life experiences help me ensure that all of those I work with are functioning at their highest potential, feel supported and encouraged, and have the ability to work through their own personal experiences with positive outcomes.
What should someone know about working with you?
It is my goal to erase the stigmas attached to mental health while making sure that clients are able to live their best lives. I work to build rapport within a trusting relationship and I tailor my practice to fit the needs of each individual client. We spend our intake session with you sharing with me what makes you feel comfortable. I use this time to listen without judgment and get a sense of who you are. This is a time where you can get a sense of who I am as well. We collaborate on appropriate goals that you can accomplish between sessions. I especially like to work with older adolescents and young adults who struggle with anxiety as well as LGBTQIA youth and adults. I provide telehealth therapy services for your convenience.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
The world is changing so much that it is hard to establish a sense of normalcy. This can be terrifying for many because change is difficult. I try to keep my finger on the pulse of what is going on in the world and in our communities by staying up on current events. I stay connected through watching and reading the news and further researching what is happening to get a sense of the emotions and thoughts of people affected. I use this knowledge in my practice to help make connections, establish or build rapport and offer a sense of empathy, understanding, and compassion so that my clients can make better sense of how they fit into this ever-changing landscape.
“I especially like to work with older adolescents and young adults who struggle with anxiety as well as LGBTQIA youth and adults.”