“I take an active, collaborative approach to help you learn about how you function in your everyday life—whether it be in your personal relationships, work life, or relationship with yourself.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I always knew that I wanted a career that would allow me to try to make a difference in people’s lives. I studied brain and cognitive sciences in college, which piqued my fascination with human behavior. After college, I knew I wanted to apply this knowledge and work directly with people. It felt like a natural transition to study clinical psychology. After completing my internship at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, I taught psychology at CUNY City Tech and completed psychological evaluations for people who wanted to become police officers at the New York City Police Department. Realizing that I wanted to work with clients full time, I made the switch to private practice.
What should someone know about working with you?
From the first session, I will work to get to know you and what makes you unique. I take an active, collaborative approach to help you learn about how you function in your everyday life—whether it be in your personal relationships, work life, or relationship with yourself. We will explore past events and use them to inform the present. I use evidence-based approaches to help delineate treatment goals and determine how to achieve them. Throughout our work together, I actively encourage your feedback about your experience with the process.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
One of my favorite aspects of working in a city like New York is the breadth and quality of the provider community. I am happy to collaborate with psychiatrists, nutritionists, dieticians, and coaches in order to provide my clients with the most extensive care. During our first session, I will gather information on all of the other providers with whom you would like me to be in touch. After getting to know you, I will make appropriate referrals to other providers who can serve you in ways that will further enhance treatment.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
If you sprained your ankle or got an ear infection, you wouldn’t hesitate to seek the appropriate treatment—taking care of your mental health shouldn’t be any different. If you don’t feel your best mentally, it can affect every aspect of your life—from your relationships and work to your eating and sleeping habits. Taking care of yourself and providing yourself with space and time for reflection and progress is a great gift you can give yourself. I understand that it can feel daunting to open up to someone—and I believe the key to a productive therapeutic relationship is feeling comfortable with your therapist. That’s why I do my best to make sure my clients always feel heard and at ease.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I feel extremely encouraged by the cultural shift in attitudes toward mental health treatment. Companies are working to provide access to treatment for their employees, technology is providing access to tools that promote mindfulness and meditation, and people with platforms are openly discussing their mental health. Most importantly, however, I see the evolving mental health landscape in my work with my clients. They inspire me every day with their efforts in seeking treatment, their openness, and their desire for self-fulfillment.
“If you sprained your ankle or got an ear infection, you wouldn’t hesitate to seek the appropriate treatment—taking care of your mental health shouldn’t be any different.”