“I provide a safe and nonjudgmental space to openly express and process your feelings around challenges you may be experiencing.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist was linear; I understand that may sound quite boring! However, my life experiences allowed me to have exposure into how therapeutic services work and how having a “good fit” is very important. I had decided on pursuing psychology before starting high school. My first role as a therapist was with Northwell Health, providing diagnostic vocational evaluations (career testing and counseling). Throughout my time in that role, I had the opportunity to work with people from various cultural backgrounds, from different age groups, and with distinct life experiences. This assisted me in developing an integrative approach to counseling rather than utilizing one specific modality.
What should someone know about working with you?
I provide a safe and nonjudgmental space to openly express and process your feelings around challenges you may be experiencing. My approach is supportive, validating, and direct. I believe transparency is important as it allows for open communication within the therapeutic process. I also encourage autonomy and hope to provide support while you carve your own path. Here’s a hint about my homework assignments: Engage in the process of the homework and do not look for the “right” answer.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Currently, I am enrolled in a CCTP (certified clinical trauma professional) course, not only for professional development but also to provide a high level of care for clients who have experienced trauma. I have utilized continuing education to increase competency with anxiety and depressive disorders, LGBTQIA+ challenges, and other treatment modalities. Additionally, I completed telehealth training to ensure HIPAA compliance and a safe space for virtual therapy.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
Throughout my life and in various roles of my career, I learned that having balance, autonomy, and self-respect are essential for growth and development. Combined with passion and learning, these are a few core values I have integrated into practice as a therapist.
“My approach is supportive, validating, and direct.”