“I am grateful I have skills and techniques to assist individuals to reconnect with their calm selves.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
At 12-years-old, my friend and I were discussing our future careers at Bagel Nosh in Encino, California where I grew up. In our naïve youth, we shared our dream jobs--I knew I wanted to be a therapist. Less than three years after that chat, my father died. This event left me searching for the meaning of life (and death) in Eastern philosophy, meditation, yoga, work by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, and dance therapy. After completing a master’s program in transformational counseling in Redlands, California, I went to live in Maui for a year. Since then, I got married, had kids and returned to Rutgers University, which enabled me to work in private practice. I feel privileged to have been able to work with many individuals (and their family members) over the past 12 years. Whether it is getting through the day--life on life’s terms without substances, revisiting the past to be more present in the future, or navigating the unknown, I am here for you.
What should someone know about working with you?
Our first session or two will revolve around me asking questions about your history, health (medication, accidents, injuries, surgeries), support, and lifestyle. I like to understand how you manage sleep, mood, food preparation, socializing, relaxing, and recreation. We discuss what factors in your life contribute or aggravate your wellbeing. I focus on getting to know you in order to build a rapport so that you feel heard and seen all while helping you decipher your priorities of what we will work on. I utilize mindfulness skills and DBT techniques to assist individuals to calm their mind and gain perspective on their feelings. We work together to identify your needs and explore the emotional packed influences in your life without you getting overwhelmed. You will discover how you can gain wisdom and strength from the very issues from which you are suffering.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I take continuing education courses, read books and articles in my field, and receive supervision.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am aware of the free floating anxiety that is around us since the coronavirus. People are struggling or outright suffering with many fears of the unknown that affect their bodies, minds, and lives. I am grateful I have skills and techniques to assist individuals to reconnect with their calm selves. It’s an honor to be able to teach my clients how to self-soothe and take care of themselves in the most intimate way: Through their minds and hearts.
“It’s an honor to be able to teach my clients how to self-soothe and take care of themselves in the most intimate way: Through their minds and hearts.”