“I am especially passionate about working with high-achieving individuals who might fly under the radar of typical mental health treatment.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
I started my path in the field of research, initially fascinated by human behavior and how the mind works. Although I loved the intellectual and data-driven side of research, I realized that I thrived when talking with each research candidate and getting to know their struggles and aspirations. The data and results were an afterthought. For as long as I can remember, I have been told that I have a calming presence and many of my friends have turned to me for support and guidance throughout my life. I turned to my own inherent strengths and inner wisdom and never looked back. I continue to be inspired by the strength and vulnerability of my clients and their desire to learn and grow, even when it gets messy and painful.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
Many of my clients are outwardly put together but experience difficulty managing stress and anxiety, feel insecure, and struggle to set boundaries with others. I am especially passionate about working with high-achieving individuals who might fly under the radar of typical mental health treatment. Research indicates that individuals with personality traits associated with being “type A” are prone to anxiety disorders, disordered eating and body image issues, low self-esteem, and difficulty forming healthy relationships. During our first few sessions, I will spend some time really getting to know you, your strengths, and your challenges. Collaboratively, we will set goals, which in turn inform the treatment process. Throughout our time together I will help you connect with your values, learn to block out external noise and fears, cultivate greater self-confidence and self-compassion, and develop healthy relationships.
How does collaboration with other providers play into your work?
I take a holistic approach to therapy and consider mental health to be one component of overall wellness. I frequently collaborate with psychiatrists, doctors, nutritionists, and acupuncturists to ensure that clients are getting the quality care they deserve.
What do you think is the biggest barrier today for people seeking care?
Ambivalence. Notwithstanding external barriers, like financial and societal factors, the biggest barrier is our own ambivalence and fear. I want clients to know that it’s normal and expected to be anxious and skeptical about starting therapy. This is especially true if you have never been before. I would encourage you to schedule an appointment with a therapist to address your fears and to learn more about therapy and why it might be beneficial for you.
What excites you most about the evolving mental health landscape?
A decade ago therapy was geared toward individuals in crisis who were experiencing severe mental health disorders. Over the past few years, there has been a major shift toward de-stigmatizing therapy and viewing mental health as a component of overall wellness. This is especially true in major metropolitan areas like New York City. Therapy, however, remains stigmatized among many groups and in many areas of the country and the world. While the movement to prioritize mental health is exciting, there is still significant progress that needs to be made to decrease stigma and improve access to care.
“I will help you connect with your values, learn to block out external noise and fears, cultivate greater self-confidence and self-compassion, and develop healthy relationships.”