“I’m not going to beat around the bush: Therapy IS work; I WILL challenge you (I really wouldn’t be helping you live your best life if I didn’t).”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I was once on a completely different path, in a seven-year BSDO program to become a doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO). Fortunately, I figured out in time that this was my parents’ dream, not my own. A DO is similar to an MD but with the major difference being that DOs promote natural healing whenever possible, following a more empathic and holistic philosophy. Though I drastically changed course, that philosophy stuck with me, shaping and guiding me toward becoming a therapist. With me, you’ll find a therapeutic style that considers all aspects of your wellbeing, not solely your mental health. I graduated from NYU in 2012 with an MA in creative arts therapy and have provided care for incarcerated women since 2013. To this day, I continue helping them learn how to cope with their struggles, find inner strengths, discover resilience, and embrace meaning. After years of refining my skills, I now offer my services to those motivated to seek a meaningful therapeutic relationship for themselves.
What should someone know about working with you?
I’m not going to beat around the bush: Therapy IS work; I WILL challenge you (I really wouldn’t be helping you live your best life if I didn’t). But that said, never pushing yourself more than you can handle, respecting the boundaries that you set, and hopefully sharing a lot of laughs along the way will happen as well! Yes, you heard right: Therapy can and should be an uplifting experience, and this is one of the greatest strengths I bring to the table. Ideally, we can take a good hard look at the goals while also cracking a smile or two.
You say you offer both talk therapy as well as creative arts therapy, but do I need an art background to try art therapy?
No prior art skills are needed to go beyond talk therapy and try creative arts therapy. Art therapy is about the process of what you experience while creating the artwork, not the product or quality of the final outcome. There are no judgments and no “bad” art, as we would be using this method as another tool for expressive communication or to better understand your conscious and subconscious thoughts and feelings.
“But that said, never pushing yourself more than you can handle, respecting the boundaries that you set, and hopefully sharing a lot of laughs along the way will happen as well!”