“My sessions are typically solution-focused and goal-oriented to assist those having difficulty organizing their thoughts, feelings, and actions.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Since childhood, I have believed in the human capacity for positive change. I have lived through my own struggles with family mental health and related trauma, which has helped to shape me into the person I am today. For this reason, I pursued the field of social work, as it allows me the opportunity to help others. I received my undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and my graduate degree from Stockton University. My experiences coupled with my education allow me to truly understand the importance of meeting a person where they are and allow for growth on their own terms. I have experience working in outpatient, in-home, and school settings.
What should someone know about working with you?
I strongly believe in meeting each client where they are in order to build a strong, supportive therapeutic alliance and help them achieve their goals. Our initial session will focus on the presenting issues, the development of the issues, and your goals for therapy. We will work together to create short-term, measurable goals that will allow us to see progress. My sessions are typically solution-focused and goal-oriented to assist those having difficulty organizing their thoughts, feelings, and actions. However, I always allow space for clients to guide the topic of conversation to focus on their individual needs in each session. I use a variety of different modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing, to assist clients with moving toward their goals.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
Learning is a passion of mine! As a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), I am often invited to attend webinars and training on the changes in our field and ways to improve as a clinician. As a Rutgers alumnus, I am invited to attend many of their continued education opportunities as well, which focus on mental health, diversity, and vulnerable populations. I am currently enrolled in a trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy program to better assist individuals who have endured trauma.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I find that telehealth services are incredibly beneficial. Telehealth allows individuals to participate in therapeutic services while eliminating many barriers related to transportation, work, and childcare. It also allows individuals to connect to a therapist who is not within their local community.
“However, I always allow space for clients to guide the topic of conversation to focus on their individual needs in each session.”