“I take pride in my clinical practice and strive for excellence in working with and learning from others.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I became a social worker in 1998 and it was my first career. From a young age, I was always drawn to helping others. I moved around a lot as a child so I was exposed to a lot of new people, places, and situations. Not only am I comfortable with a wide range of people and personalities, I am also comfortable with the wide range and varying expressions of human emotion. For over 20 years, I have worked in outpatient, inpatient, school, and residential settings in New York. Being in the city, I became experienced in treating acute trauma and grief, both of which can lead to many mental and physical ailments. Over time, my natural strengths developed into areas of expertise. I take pride in my clinical practice and strive for excellence in working with and learning from others.
What should someone know about working with you?
The intake process begins with the collection (via online forms) of standard demographic and background information about the client and their reason for therapy as well as the completion of standard practice documents. The intake continues with the first several sessions during which we engage in dialogue and activities to better understand any information relevant to the reason for seeking therapy. Progress is noted by the client's sense of empowerment over the situation or symptoms as well as any directly observed or articulated improvements in mood, health, communication, relationships, etc. Homework is only assigned if requested. I have an inclusive practice and all are welcome.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Prior to the pandemic, I had never used a video platform for therapy and certainly never believed that teletherapy would be as effective as in-person work. However, I notice that clients can engage more deeply in therapy while present in the comfort of their own surroundings, whether it be their bed, their desk, or a park bench outside. I have also seen that clients can be more consistent attending therapy via telehealth because it is so accessible. Practicing in New York, I have seen that just getting to an office can be a huge barrier to attending therapy consistently. Telehealth is more equitable because clients do not have to spend money on transportation and it gives access to those in more rural areas. So while I do value in-person work and know that it remains an essential service, I have completely embraced telehealth and I celebrate it as an important innovation that occurred in the field of mental health.
“Progress is noted by the client's sense of empowerment over the situation or symptoms as well as any directly observed or articulated improvements in mood, health, communication, relationships, etc.”