“Compassion and genuine care for others are the building blocks of my clinical practice.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I knew early on that I wanted to be in a profession that would allow me to be a supportive presence and help people feel better about themselves. Selecting a profession that aligned with my values was easy for me to do. After graduating from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service in 2002 with my Master of Social Work degree, I began my career as a neonatal intensive care unit social worker supporting families in a city hospital. It was at this time that my passion for supporting families through their grief process manifested. I later transitioned to a pediatric skilled nursing facility, offering social work services to families with chronically ill and medically fragile children. I currently manage a pediatric palliative care program, assisting families in coping with anticipatory grief while supporting them on their journeys. My passion for palliative care led me to pursue certification as an advanced palliative hospice social worker as well as certification in the areas of CBT, mindfulness, and trauma-focused therapy.
What should someone know about working with you?
My priority is to create a safe and comfortable emotional space for my clients. I value and respect the therapeutic process and the time it takes to develop a trusting partnership. My goal is to provide a nonjudgmental and supportive space to facilitate self-growth that builds upon your existing strengths. I will offer guidance and evidence-based tools, empathy, and professional feedback for you to develop new ways of coping and managing stressors. First few sessions will focus on gathering pertinent information, establishing short term and long-term goals, as well as customizing a treatment plan you are comfortable with. I also appreciate holistic interventions that reinforce the mind-body connection and have completed training in Reiki, aromatherapy, and healing touch.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Compassion and genuine care for others are the building blocks of my clinical practice. When given the right opportunity, I strongly believe that every individual has the potential for self-transformation and healing despite past trauma.
“When given the right opportunity, I strongly believe that every individual has the potential for self-transformation and healing despite past trauma.”