“As a psychotherapist, I’m continually humbled by the power of listening and how supporting others to be curious about their experiences can promote growth and change.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I’ve always loved learning about what gives people meaning by listening deeply and reading stories. In college, I pursued this love by studying literature. After college, while working as a manager of a picture frame store, I had many elderly customers who’d taken up painting in their 80s. Fascinated by how these vibrant seniors found purposeful activity, I obtained a degree in clinical social work with a focus on mental health and gerontology. Since then, I’ve worked in a number of prestigious healthcare settings in New York City and went on to further my learning in postgraduate studies in psychoanalytic theory. As a psychotherapist, I’m continually humbled by the power of listening and how supporting others to be curious about their experiences can promote growth and change.
What should someone know about working with you?
I begin by focusing on the problem that has brought a client to seek help. Together, we examine the roots of the problem and identify obstacles to overcome it. We explore how long the problem has existed and what life was like before the problem. The barriers to overcoming the problem may be psychological or practical (or both!). We explore alternative, healthier ways of coping that can bring relief and growth. This process of exploration involves a combination of talking about and understanding underlying emotions along with strategies to solve the problem.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
I firmly believe in the value of each human life and the capacity for all of us to find meaning and connection with others no matter our differences. I developed these beliefs through my upbringing in different parts of the United States and overseas as well as through my experiences as a clinical social worker working with underserved communities in New York City. I strive to always bring this appreciation and sensitivity to people of all backgrounds.
“I firmly believe in the value of each human life and the capacity for all of us to find meaning and connection with others no matter our differences.”