“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 (so, I’m not an official “valley girl”). In our naïve youth, we shared our dream jobs and I already 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, dance therapy, and Reiki work. After completing a master’s program in transformational counseling, I went to live in Maui for a year. Since then, I’ve gotten married and had kids. I returned to Rutgers to learn more clinical techniques, which enabled me to work in private practice. I have worked at High Focus Centers and in positions with alcoholics and addicts as well as their families. I have also worked with clients who need support with relationships, coping, and navigating the unknown. I recently served as the director of an outpatient substance abuse program, maintaining a caseload of clients.
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.
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.”