“As an empathic and client-centered clinician, I first and foremost look to understand and know my clients as the experts in their lives and experiences.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I was originally drawn toward the study of human behavior, culture, and society with the goal to effect change on a broad scale. As life evolved, I found myself circling back to working in clinical settings due to seeing firsthand and thus believing in individual strength and resiliency in the face of hardship. Returning to my roots in New York City, I found that social work offered a lens to see people and be able to guide them in a comprehensive way toward the changes they needed to feel empowered and fulfilled in their lives, work, and relationships.
What should someone know about working with you?
As an empathic and client-centered clinician, I first and foremost look to understand and know my clients as the experts in their lives and experiences. My work with my clients is collaborative. My emphasis is a team approach that first and foremost includes the voice of my clients. My goal is to provide a safe and open space for my clients to explore and identify their needs and then to work toward making the changes necessary to lead more confident lives and experience fulfilling relationships.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
The field of mental health is ever-evolving. I take additional training courses, read new perspectives and research, and collaborate with other providers in order to continue growing as an individual and as a mental health provider.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe that people are both strongly impacted and shaped by their environments but are equally unique and resilient. This informs how I approach people: As individuals with valuable stories, needs, and goals to share and reach. At the same time, I understand that there are real-life relational and societal challenges that impact the obstacles people face. I think this perspective lends itself to finding a balance of empathy and pragmatism in helping guide individuals in their journey toward addressing challenges and becoming empowered.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited about the growth in the understanding of trauma through neuroscience as well as the growing openness to diverse voices and how different experiences impact people’s lives. I find the area of intergenerational trauma of particular interest.
“My goal is to provide a safe and open space for my clients to explore and identify their needs and then to work toward making the changes necessary to lead more confident lives and experience fulfilling relationships.”