“I make a concerted effort not to overcomplicate the therapy process.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I started at NYU majoring in math but after earning a second major in psychology, I realized that my true calling was in the helping professions. I then got my master’s degree in social work at Columbia University. My first job was at Presbyterian Hospital, helping patients and families cope with illness and loss. I also worked in the psychiatric emergency room with patients in serious mental health crises (often involving suicidality). My next experience was at a family guidance center, working with parents, children, and teenagers in crisis. I started my private practice at that time. I then began work as a school social worker in a middle school and in this position, I was able to work on the frontline of mental health, identifying anxiety, depression, and issues of self-harm in my students and referring them for the help they needed. Now, I am focusing exclusively on my work as a therapist. Doing this work has always been my passion.
What should someone know about working with you?
When we first meet, I will ask you, “What brings you here?” Through my questions, I will help you identify your major concerns and goals. By the end of the first session, you should have a good gut feeling as to whether or not I am a good fit as your therapist and we should have a good beginning sense of how our work should proceed. If you are the parent of a child or teenager for whom you seek help, please know that often the changes we want for our children require changes in ourselves. As such, some or perhaps much of the work will require focus on current parenting choices and what needs to change to enable your child to improve. My first session will always be with the parents first.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
When I first started as a therapist, I utilized a psychodynamic approach to my work with individuals and a family systems approach to my work with children and families. Presently, my therapeutic approach is eclectic, with an emphasis on what will work best for each client. I try to stay current on continuing education regarding advances in therapeutic techniques, such as DBT and mindfulness. I also collaborate with therapy colleagues as often as I can for fresh therapeutic perspectives. I am a therapist who believes that we all face universal stressors and challenges in addition to the unique challenges facing each individual. I make a concerted effort not to overcomplicate the therapy process. Working side-by-side with my clients with honesty and transparency, I never pretend to know all the answers; we will find your answers together.
“Working side-by-side with my clients with honesty and transparency, I never pretend to know all the answers; we will find your answers together.”