“My personality is warm and inviting, which makes for a smooth transition when beginning therapy with someone new.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Growing up, I was drawn to actively listening to people and helping them problem solve. I was known as the "therapist of my friend group" from an early age and on. Being a therapist has been a dream of mine since realizing there was a profession for what I loved doing: Helping people! My personality is warm and inviting, which makes for a smooth transition when beginning therapy with someone new. I received my bachelor’s degree at Hofstra University and obtained my master’s at Adelphi University. During my time in graduate school, I worked with those suffering from substance use, depression, anxiety, and life transitions of all types. My clinical experience has been in all levels of care, from outpatient to partial hospitalization and in-patient settings. This experience has given me the ability to work with a wide range of people, both in age and clinical need.
What should someone know about working with you?
The first initial session will be targeted toward understanding what brings you to therapy and your expectations of our work together. Treatment is personalized to the specific needs of each person and understanding what those needs are will allow us to create a great clinical roadmap. I may assign homework, depending on the approach that works best for the client. I feel it’s important to find ways to translate clinical work done inside the therapy room to your everyday world for the best desired outcome. I use several modalities, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, narrative therapy, mindfulness, coaching, stress management, strengths-based perspectives, and psychodynamic therapy, ultimately pulling insight from both past and present experiences.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I believe as beings we are constantly evolving, the world around us is constantly evolving, and the information in our field necessary to best serve our clients evolves as well. I am always researching, collaborating, and consulting with those in the clinical community to make learning an active priority.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I understand how chaotic and overwhelming life can be sometimes; I strive to achieve balance in my life that allows all of the "must dos" to co-exist with the "wants and needs". Finding the harmony with all of the "many hats we wear" in your personal or professional life can be challenging. Self-care is not optional and everyone is entitled to "you time", no matter what that time looks like. I full-heartedly believe in balance, and I bring this value system into my practice. I coach my clients to help them find balance between the areas of concern that are bringing them to treatment and self-care.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am extremely enthused about the idea of telemedicine; telemedicine balances receiving the care we need with not having to compromise other life demands (such as childcare, cooking dinner, commuting to an office, work demands, or physical health). In addition, mental health awareness is a great start to destigmatizing treatment. We can normalize mental health treatment by recognizing that everybody needs help for something, and we can all benefit from support.
“Treatment is personalized to the specific needs of each person and understanding what those needs are will allow us to create a great clinical roadmap.”