“After becoming a mom myself, I became a certified positive discipline parent educator and enjoy facilitating parenting groups and sharing positive discipline knowledge when working with parents.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always enjoyed helping people and knew from an early age that I wanted to be a therapist. I studied psychology and received my bachelor’s degree from Alfred University. Two weeks after graduating, I began my master’s program in mental health counseling at the University of Albany. I became a New York State-licensed mental health counselor and have worked in residential programs and nonprofit counseling agencies. I also teach graduate classes at Lesley University's Institute for Trauma Sensitivity, specifically focusing on the impact of trauma on learning. After becoming a mom myself, I became a certified positive discipline parent educator and enjoy facilitating parenting groups and sharing positive discipline knowledge when working with parents.
What should someone know about working with you?
My belief is that therapy is most successful when there is a good fit between therapist and client. Because that fit can be hard to find, I offer a free consultation prior to booking your intake session. During this call, we will assess if I'm a good fit for you and if so, we will book your first intake session (if not, no biggie! I'm not for everyone, and I’m happy to give you a list of other therapists who might be a better fit!). In the intake session, we will go over your history and what brings you to therapy at this time. This session will have more questions than usual, so I can get a sense of your background and history. After your intake, we will schedule a weekly session where you will have the space and time to work on your goals. I enjoy the process of walking beside my clients to help them discover their full potential in order to live the life they desire.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about telehealth becoming normalized. Telehealth has opened up therapy for so many individuals who might otherwise struggle to make the commitment to bettering themselves. I have seen several people take advantage of the flexibility of telehealth by seeing me during their lunch break, during their kids nap times, or right after putting their kids on the bus. The options are endless when you no longer have to factor in the time to commute to your appointment, the wait in the waiting room, and the commute back home.
“I enjoy the process of walking beside my clients to help them discover their full potential in order to live the life they desire.”