“I believe that it's incredibly important to work with a therapist who is on your side but not afraid to tell you (with a caring approach) when something you are doing is not working.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
In college, I majored in English literature, but I realized that what I really loved was finding out about the characters' lives and motivations rather than the symbolism or writing style. I taught English as a second language for a few years after college. Though I loved it, I never had a desire to go further with it. For me, the psychology behind our decisions and behaviors (big and small) is endlessly fascinating. I love connecting with people and helping them figure out what's working for them in their lives and what isn't. I went to graduate school at Columbia University and loved the diversity of choices available to me in my internship and career in New York City. After living in New York City for more than eight years, I moved to upstate New York, drawn by the allure of outdoor space and an easier lifestyle (plus a washer and dryer in my home!). Being in a rural area has given me the opportunity to work with clients of all ages and all manners of presenting issues.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe that it's incredibly important to work with a therapist who is on your side but not afraid to tell you (with a caring approach) when something you are doing is not working. My clients have told me that my empathy, warmth, and humor help them discuss difficult topics freely and quiet their own negative self-talk. I tailor my therapeutic techniques to each client’s needs while we work on tracking and articulating goals and progress throughout our time together.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
One of the reasons I became a therapist was that I love talking to people and learning their stories. I am passionate about continuing to learn and grow as a person and as a therapist. I enjoy reading about new therapeutic techniques and attending trainings in person or online. I'm trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) and am always looking for new and effective ways to treat trauma and help my clients thrive in daily life.
“My clients have told me that my empathy, warmth, and humor help them discuss difficult topics freely and quiet their own negative self-talk.”