“I bring laughter, warmth, and an individualized approach to understanding your goals, strengths, and challenges.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
From an early age, I was acutely aware of how others were feeling and experiencing situations. This sensitivity fueled my curiosity and desire to understand more about emotions, which led me to pursuing my master’s degree in social work at Columbia University. I spent six years working within the child welfare system and in-home intensive programs, supporting families, adolescents, and young adults in finding the most authentic and positive version of themselves. From this experience, I developed tremendous respect for a client’s resiliency and capacity to make healthy transitions when given the appropriate tools. I have recently become a school counselor at an independent elementary school for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). In this role, I have the privilege of offering behavioral support to children so they feel confident in navigating their social-emotional worlds. I also provide individual coaching and facilitate support groups for parents at the school.
What should someone know about working with you?
I bring laughter, warmth, and an individualized approach to understanding your goals, strengths, and challenges. Whether you are a child, adolescent, or adult, I believe that you possess awareness and knowledge about your needs. I will listen to you and support you in processing the experiences you bring to our sessions. I have found as a clinician and as a client myself that there is no one specific path that fits everyone. Thus, I utilize a variety of different modalities, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, strengths-based therapy, and social skills training to help you achieve a sense of confidence, control, and balance in your life. In addition, I often find it can be beneficial to explore mindfulness, relaxation techniques, and psychopharmacology if it enables you to move through obstacles. In working together, I aim to create space where you feel comfortable exploring how your thoughts and feelings can be reframed and opened to different possibilities.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
Over the past 10 years both in a personal and professional context, I have observed change when someone is given the space to be heard, validated, and challenged. I have seen and realized that many of us possess patterns of thinking or behaving that do not always serve us but often provide a sense of comfort. I believe that individuals can learn different ways of overcoming barriers and interacting with their personal world when presented with new coping skills. I also highly value research and evidence-based approaches to best inform which approach will help you find the healthiest and most successful version of yourself.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
I think most things that are unknown to us can feel scary and anxiety-producing. However, often the act of trying something different offers a sense of relief as well as a hope of new beginnings. Initial sessions together will focus on creating an open dialogue where you can share your goals for entering therapy. For many people, taking that first step of identifying specific goals can feel like a daunting task. I will work alongside you to unpack the current or past obstacles that may be leaving you feeling stuck, sad, or anxious. This process and our ability to create a relationship where you feel comfortable trusting me may take some time and patience. It is also really important to know that you have control in deciding if this experience feels right to you. Not every therapist is a good fit for you; I respect and honor your decision to find a therapist with whom you feel a sense of connection. There is always space in my office/virtual office for you to walk away and re-engage at another point. I genuinely believe that once you take this initial step of searching for providers, you have made an important step; I (or another therapist) am here to help guide you in this journey.
“In working together, I aim to create space where you feel comfortable exploring how your thoughts and feelings can be reframed and opened to different possibilities.”