“I am open-minded and accepting; I offer a safe space for you to reveal yourself without fear of judgement.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist seemed natural; I was always curious about how people managed their lives. Why were some able to be happy in the face of difficulty, while others felt unfulfilled? Why were some people able to make changes, while others seemed perpetually stuck? No one has an easy life, but we can move toward a life that works for us and fulfills us. It was my desire to help people get unstuck that led me to get my social work degree from NYU. I pursued additional training in psychodynamic and CBT treatments in order to customize care for my clients.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am open-minded and accepting; I offer a safe space for you to reveal yourself without fear of judgement. Our work is based on collaboration and is specifically tailored to your needs and our initial session will help me get a sense of what brought you to therapy. Together, we will explore your challenges, determine your goals, and design an action plan. We will work together at a pace that is comfortable for you.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I encourage my clients to consider all of the providers on their team; the client is also a member of that team. Through collaboration, the team can provide the highest level of care and use the best practices to facilitate improvement. Human beings are multi-faceted, but health can feel very compartmentalized with patients seeking different specialists for every concern. I have worked as part of multidisciplinary teams throughout my career and found that the team is better able to serve the client’s needs more completely. In my work with people on the autism spectrum, I found it extremely helpful. Working with other disciplines allows the client to be treated as a complete human being and helps me grow as a therapist while learning from other disciplines.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
It is perfectly normal to feel hesitant when we begin something new, particularly when we are embarking on a personal journey involving an unfamiliar process with someone we don’t know yet. This may or may not be your first experience with therapy, but I encourage you to give it a try. You deserve to feel better and I am here to guide, support, and empower you to care for yourself. It takes a certain amount of courage to give yourself what you need and each therapeutic journey is unique. You have bravely taken the first step by reading this page; sometimes the hardest part of doing something is getting started.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
While employed at the NYU School of Medicine, I worked with clients who lived or attended school in lower Manhattan and witnessed the events of 9/11. This experience informed my research on the impact of traumatic stress. I served as a therapist for additional research studies that focused on depression and grief. My experience in research provides me the knowledge and skills to offer evidence-based treatments to my clients.
“Our work is based on collaboration and is specifically tailored to your needs and our initial session will help me get a sense of what brought you to therapy.”
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