“I believe in the idea of moving forward and finding value in your work and your relationships to help you along the way.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to therapy began in criminal justice reform, as well as the areas of substance abuse and recovery, veterans’ issues, vocational counseling, and education. This experience helped me realize that meaningful change is possible and people should never be defined by their past traumas and circumstances. I believe in the idea of moving forward and finding value in your work and your relationships to help you along the way. As a therapist, my practice is defined by a didactic approach, curiosity, research, and psychoeducation. Teaching as an adjunct lecturer in Hunter College’s Mental Health Counseling Program has deepened my understanding of my clients and I always encourage them to deepen their understanding of themselves.
What should someone know about working with you?
There is no such thing as all-purpose therapy, which is why I tailor each session to the individual in the most authentic way possible. I am supportive, but attuned to when you might benefit from some gentle guidance steering you towards the challenging questions. The time we spend together is a time of partnership, a highly collaborative process where we’re both prepared and willing to take part in doing the work. I often rely on humor and metaphor to illustrate ideas and my therapy can flow between casual and intense depending on what the client needs. I’m allied with marginalized populations and continuously work to expand my awareness, my knowledge, and my ability to support underserved populations.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I am a big believer in treating the whole patient. Finding a sustainable path to overall wellness often includes multiple providers. The mind-body connection is so strong that general health, nutrition, and exercise all play a role in mental wellness. Medication management, depending on the individual, may also be necessary in relieving symptoms. I do my best to support these additional relationships when a client and I have deemed them necessary. I enjoy working with professionals in different areas of wellness care and learning more about how our processes interact, synergistically supporting and enhancing each other. Some clients still prefer a more insular experience and they have that freedom of choice, even when I make suggestions regarding collaboration.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Many people have inherent fears or biases when it comes to therapy. But take a moment to put them aside and think about how therapy can help. A dedicated space where you can explore who you are and what you want makes a meaningful impact on the way you live your life and engage with others. We know that stress and trauma are heavy burdens that come with wide-ranging, lasting effects. During times of challenging political and social climates, it is more important than ever to find someone to help carry your load.
What is the most fulfilling aspect of your work as a therapist?
I love witnessing meaningful growth and change in my clients; it’s an honor to have a front row seat and watch someone build the life they want and deserve. I learn so much from each session and often use this wisdom and insight as a guide for my professional development. My clients teach me every day, showing me what areas of knowledge I want to expand.
“There is no such thing as all-purpose therapy, which is why I tailor each session to the individual in the most authentic way possible.”