“I am present, I listen, and I do not judge. I offer my clients support with an honest, no-nonsense approach.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My journey to becoming a therapist was not a direct path. I received my undergraduate degree in photography from the School of Visual Arts. My photographic assignments led me to discover worlds I was unfamiliar with. While working as a photographer with the New York City Board of Education, I was tasked with engaging autistic children via the use of Polaroid cameras. It made me realize how little I understood about them, which spurred my desire to learn more. I first went to graduate school for special education and worked in group homes with children with special needs. I later decided that I could be more effective when intervening with families directly, so I shifted my focus to social work.
What should someone know about working with you?
I've been a therapist for more than 25 years and I love what I do. I am present, I listen, and I do not judge. I offer my clients support with an honest, no-nonsense approach. I encourage active treatments that empower my clients and offer homework as a means of continuing our work outside of my office.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I don't work in a vacuum. As such, I'll coordinate care between other providers, like psychiatrists, primary care doctors, and relevant caregivers. I take an inclusive, holistic model that yields the most information, often with better results.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
I would validate the courage and fear associated with sharing your innermost thoughts and feelings with someone. It is a tremendous leap of faith, and one that must be respected. I encourage people to ask their provider questions about how therapy works and what to expect in order to make themselves feel comfortable throughout the process.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I believe we are moving, albeit slowly, toward a non-stigmatized process of seeking mental health services. Mental health will only have true parity with physical health when people can call out of work and ask for a mental health day with full acceptance. Dealing with feelings of depression or anxiety is something to be respected, not judged.
“Dealing with feelings of depression or anxiety is something to be respected, not judged.”