“Helping individuals who are facing challenges tap into the healing power of their creativity, connection, and self-expression is at the heart of my work as a therapist.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I was inspired to become a therapist by a compassionate counselor who helped me through difficult transitions in my early 20s. At a time when I was feeling very disconnected, she helped me find a new sense of purpose and weave my way back into the world. This was a highly creative time for me and my direct experiences with the healing power of creative expression provided additional focus for my career path. Helping individuals who are facing challenges tap into the healing power of their creativity, connection, and self-expression is at the heart of my work as a therapist. I have provided therapy to survivors of trauma and abuse, including college sexual assault survivors in New Hampshire, families coping with complex and multigenerational trauma in the South Bronx, and individuals facing cancer in Queens, New York. I led a monthly Covid-19 support group for the Queens Public Library and I have also developed and led wellness groups for immigrants.
What should someone know about working with you?
Our therapy is approached as an adventure, a sacred journey where you can uncover choices you may not even be able to imagine right now. During our first few sessions, we will gather relevant history, identify goals, and determine benchmarks to assess your progress. Most individuals yearn to create and sustain healthier patterns. Homework is always optional and can include journal therapy prompts, activism, breathing breaks, and nighttime routines to promote relaxing sleep. A common, overarching goal my clients share is toward creating balance within their psyches. This balance may impact our communities and the world. Clients who work best with me approach therapy as partnering with a guide who can help them access intuitive, physical, and practical resources. We bring together a unique net of support and strategies for you to use as needed for coping with stressors in your life. My studies in mythology, dreams, and archetypes will help you see your life stories through a fresh perspective.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
In addition to my LCSW, I received a Master of Arts in creative arts therapies and I am a certified holistic health coach, ACE certified personal trainer, and behavioral management specialist. This combination of skills has enabled me to effectively assist clients at physical, spiritual, emotional, and intellectual levels of healing. I have taken continuing education coursework in NLP and neuroplasticity, complicated grief, eco and climate grief and anxiety, journal and poetry therapy, Jungian therapy, and clinical and ethical perspectives in telehealth. I am actively engaged in online courses and peer support communities, including Journal Therapy to Calm Anxiety, Mindful Self-Compassion, Intuitive Eating Fundamentals, and SoulCollage. I engage in regular monthly supervision with a coach and peer supervision with fellow clinicians.
“Clients who work best with me approach therapy as partnering with a guide who can help them access intuitive, physical, and practical resources.”