“I really enjoy helping people believe in themselves and feel empowered.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I used to be a high school guidance counselor and college advisor in Queens, New York. Then, I made my way to becoming a licensed mental health therapist. I really enjoy helping people believe in themselves and feel empowered. In addition to being a good listener, I have a lot of experience in goal-setting and problem-solving. I am trained in mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, and EMDR.
What should someone know about working with you?
I tailor my approach to the individual; some like more homework and others don't. Right off the bat, you will see that I am very easy-going and empathetic. I tend to work best with those who want to go to therapy and see change (even if they are scared or anxious about the process, which is very common).
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I am a very big believer in nonjudgmental acceptance. At the root of many of our issues, I see self-judgment, shame, and guilt. These thoughts and beliefs we hold about ourselves are learned over time, but we can also learn new ways of seeing ourselves and experiencing the world. Letting go of our "weights" is very liberating.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I love that therapy has evolved into the telehealth sphere, as it provides more ways for everyone to get the help needed. The past has shown how valuable telehealth is and I hope to see it continue.
“I tend to work best with those who want to go to therapy and see change (even if they are scared or anxious about the process, which is very common).”