“I have worked with a wide spectrum of people and have always found myself interested and fulfilled by aiding their growth.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
To some extent, I was attracted to this field by selfish motives. When I’m engaged in a helping capacity, I’m learning, growing, and sharing in the human experience of another. I have worked with a wide spectrum of people and have always found myself interested and fulfilled by aiding their growth. In addition to my work as a therapist, I am a firefighter in the Bronx. It requires a very different skill set, but it brings me into close and intimate contact with many of the fundamental struggles in our journeys of life and death.
What should someone know about working with you?
I hold a 15–20 minute introductory call with prospective clients so that they have the opportunity to see if I seem like someone they’d get along with and ask any clinical, background, or experiential questions. I work with all of my clients to develop a stronger relationship between mind and body while also helping improve their physical health. When we are present and healthy in our bodies, our minds are quick to follow.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
There is generally more laughter than you would expect. All of those I have worked with have said that at the conclusion of treatment, they have a deeper understanding of and appreciation for themselves, as well as a toolbox of strategies to use when confronted with sadness, anxiety, loss, and other inevitable difficulties.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Therapy has often focused entirely on the emotional mind and the work has been limited to weekly meetings in the therapist’s office. Those entering therapy today are more open to assignments between sessions. They also are eager to use the therapeutic relationship to improve their physical health. Whether it’s through meditation, yoga, or more intensive training, I work with my clients to build goals and growth between sessions.
Why do you ask clients about their strengths and values?
Part of my initial assessment includes a thorough inventory of a client’s strengths and values. The client drives the strategy of the treatment, rather than me steering the ship. Therefore, locating internal and external resources in their life is central to creating the best outcome.
“When we are present and healthy in our bodies, our minds are quick to follow.”