“I look for strengths in others, and they are always there!”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Growing up, I experienced strong examples of caring and nurturing individuals but also situations where lack of empathy and insight undermined relationships. In addition, I have always been interested in others and the forces that shape personality and outlook. Working in a variety of countries and different occupations increased my understanding of diversity and resilience. During and after my training, I worked for several years in nursing homes, community mental health clinics, and hospitals (inpatient and outpatient). As a clinical attending psychologist at a large Montefiore Hospital outpatient clinic in the Bronx, I worked with individuals from a variety of socioeconomic and racial backgrounds experiencing a wide range of conditions and stressors. Since becoming a licensed psychologist, I have undertaken further study in relational psychotherapy in addition to studying the integration of CBT, DBT, and mind-body approaches.
What should someone know about working with you?
An initial consultation involves getting to know you and the reasons you have sought therapy at this time. We will explore your experiences and how they affect your current functioning, sense of self, relationships with others, and processing of emotions. The therapeutic relationship is a very important container for this exploration and my approach is caring and nonjudgmental. I look for strengths in others, and they are always there! Helping put your situation into an inclusive context allows you to recognize yourself in a more positive light, eventually encouraging and mobilizing greater agency in the service of clearly identified goals. Helping you see your issues in new ways can loosen the grip of entrenched expectations of yourself and others. Psychotherapy can promote self-awareness, personal growth, and self-efficacy in order to help you achieve a more satisfying and fulfilling life.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I work to sharpen my knowledge and skills by taking courses and attending training. I also engage in independent study and consultation with colleagues (while maintaining client anonymity and confidentiality).
“Helping put your situation into an inclusive context allows you to recognize yourself in a more positive light, eventually encouraging and mobilizing greater agency in the service of clearly identified goals.”