“I chose to become a therapist because of a strong desire to help others.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I chose to become a therapist because of a strong desire to help others. While working in the corporate world conducting marketing research for a fragrance company, I came to the realization that the only facet of the job I enjoyed was analyzing consumers’ attitudes, wants, and needs—skills that are vital in becoming a successful clinician. After much deliberation, I switched careers and decided to go to graduate school for social work, and I have not regretted my decision. Early in my career as a therapist, I received psychoanalytic training and now incorporate that into my practice when working with adolescents, adults, and couples. In addition, I also utilize cognitive behavioral strategies to help my clients modify behavior in order to achieve their goals.
What should someone know about working with you?
I prefer to administer a structured intake during the first appointment and will provide crisis interventions if needed. My sessions are 45 minutes in length and focus on symptom management and development of strategies to combat emotional, behavioral, or psychological issues. I generally encourage individuals to practice these strategies in between sessions and will follow up to gauge success, but I don’t provide homework unless the individual requests it. My therapeutic stance is open, direct, and nonjudgmental in order to forge a safe and comfortable environment for my clients.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I’m always open to hearing others’ opinions or feedback about a client’s treatment and will ask questions if I’m ever uncertain about anything. I enjoy working collaboratively with other clinicians, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, nutritionists, and other medical professionals when doing so will improve my clients’ therapeutic experiences.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
I recognize the process of selecting a therapist can be daunting, especially when you’re dealing with mental health, behavioral, or relational issues. After all, you’re walking into a total stranger’s office and divulging your innermost secrets or unresolved issues. Doing that may feel very vulnerable, so it’s understandable if you’re hesitant. Seeking treatment requires a lot of courage. I believe it’s extremely important to explore why you’re hesitant to begin therapy. If you’re open to it, I’d suggest giving it a try and sharing your concerns with your therapist during the first appointment.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am psychoanalytically trained, but over the years, I have come to the realization that alternate treatment modalities can be beneficial in addressing emotional, behavioral, and psychological issues, as well as learning disabilities and addictions. As a result, I have incorporated CBT strategies into my repertoire as a clinician. I will continue to explore different treatment modalities to fine-tune my clinical skills in order to help individuals achieve their goals.
“My therapeutic stance is open, direct, and nonjudgmental in order to forge a safe and comfortable environment for my clients.”