“I always had an interest in understanding how people are affected by their surroundings, relationships, and experiences.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I always had an interest in understanding how people are affected by their surroundings, relationships, and experiences. This led me to study psychology and pursue social work. I started working at the Staten Island Mental Health Society as a staff social worker, where I treated adolescents struggling with mental health issues and substance abuse. From there, I moved into private practice, which has since grown into a group practice with more than 20 providers.
What should someone know about working with you?
While I tailor my work to each client's unique needs and situation, I often take an eclectic approach that is grounded in CBT. I'll also often give homework to help clients stay focused during the week and continue to work toward their goals.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
In my group practice, we have more than 20 providers who collaborate with each other to share insights, learn from each other, and improve treatment for clients. We all meet weekly to discuss strategies to better help our respective clients.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
There is a therapist for everyone, but not every therapist is for every client. Speaking with different providers can help clients develop a sense of what works for them and what doesn't. If after speaking with someone they decide I'm not a good fit for them, I'll work with them to find someone who is.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Teletherapy is an increasingly effective method of delivering treatment to clients who are hesitant about going into an office or may have difficulties getting to one.
“I often take an eclectic approach that is grounded in CBT.”