“I work with you to learn to effectively manage distress before it reaches a point of leaving you feeling overwhelmed while also helping you learn the origin and historical context of your distress.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I always knew I wanted to work with people. Empowering others and helping people grow is something that I have always found incredibly rewarding and fulfilling. When I began taking psychology classes in college and learning more about talk therapy, I knew that this was a field where I could fully accomplish my goal of empowering others. I went to Columbia University for graduate school and I have worked in a variety of settings since, including agencies, outpatient medical clinics, and private practice. I have received training in multiple treatment approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy, adaptive behavioral therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. I have received postgraduate training for depression, anxiety, and personality disorders at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Philadelphia.
What should someone know about working with you?
I work with you to learn to effectively manage distress before it reaches a point of leaving you feeling overwhelmed while also helping you learn the origin and historical context of your distress. I utilize neuroscience information to help you understand how the brain reacts and creates responses to stressors. I view anxiety symptoms not as a mental illness or something wrong with you but rather as an adaptation developed as a reaction to stress and life experiences. Tools are individually created to change reactions to triggers and create new behaviors. Don’t just talk in therapy – do something different!
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I think mental health treatment is becoming less and less taboo in the media and society. I think this is allowing different types of treatment options to be explored and become more mainstream. I believe that everyone’s mental health needs are unique and thus we should understand that different people will respond to different types of treatment. This can include psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, natural and holistic treatments, and many more! The more options we have for our clients and the more of a choice clients have in deciding what works for them, the better!
“I utilize neuroscience information to help you understand how the brain reacts and creates responses to stressors.”