“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? There are occurrences in life that can leave us with complicated emotions that feel like huge obstacles. We feel 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 advanced 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. Our initial session will help me get a sense of what brought you to therapy. I want to understand clearly what you are struggling with. While I am skilled at using evidence-based approaches, I do not employ a one size fits all approach. 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 their providers members of 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 healthcare 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 a team approach is often better able to serve the client’s needs more completely. In my work with people on the autism spectrum, I found teamwork extremely helpful. Working with other disciplines allows the client to be treated as a complete human being and helps me grow as a therapist by 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. Each therapeutic journey is unique. 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.. 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 as a therapist, I provided treatment for clients who experienced distress after witnessing the 9/11 World Trade Center events firsthand. It was a distinctive moment in history, similar to the current pandemic, in that everyone shared in the experience in some way. The research based work I did in Lower Manhattan, informs my current understanding of the impact of traumatic stress and led me to additional work using evidence based interventions for a variety of difficulties. These include anxiety, grief, depression, and autism spectrum disorders. I also have experience supporting patients struggling with chronic kidney disease.
“Our work is based on collaboration and is specifically tailored to your needs. Our initial session will help me get a sense of what brought you to therapy.”