“A trusting partnership is the key to a good therapeutic outcome, which is why I focus on creating a calm and accepting relationship where clients feel heard and understood without judgment.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My passion for helping others crystallized during college when I volunteered at a women’s shelter. On my bus ride to and from the center, I often sat next to strangers and struck up conversations. As they opened up about their lives and their problems, I discovered how much I loved to listen. I also witnessed that universal need to share, connect, and be heard. My journey since — earning a master’s in clinical social work, then juggling postgraduate training in psychoanalysis while raising four children, and later embarking on a renewed career as a divorced single mom — has given me insight that I use to help guide others through their own processes of healing, self-confidence, direction, and growth.
What should someone know about working with you?
A trusting partnership is the key to a good therapeutic outcome, which is why I focus on creating a calm and accepting relationship where clients feel heard and understood without judgment. My approach is warm and personable, and my goal is to help those who entrust me with their concerns and vulnerabilities find creative solutions to life’s dilemmas. I want to help you discover yourself, uncover what drives your behavior and feelings, and explore what you really want out of life. For some, this involves patiently sifting through experiences and feelings; for others, it involves a collaborative, problem-solving approach aimed at more specific, identifiable obstacles. I structure sessions to meet clients where they are, with an end goal that is always concentrated on feeling better and making changes that will enhance their lives.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
No practitioner has all of the answers or all of the relevant skills to serve every client’s needs. So, I view collaboration with other professionals as a vital part of my practice. I have worked collaboratively with local colleagues for clients seeking prescription medication management, specialized testing, or couples therapy. And I've referred numerous clients to Transcendental Meditation centers, which act as wonderful adjuncts to therapy. I strive to facilitate whatever combined approach best meets the needs of my client.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
I didn’t understand the power of therapy until I experienced for myself the ways in which it can help you bring the unconscious into awareness, understand and grieve parts of the past, and create space for healing and growth. It was truly life-changing, as I found it applied not only during times of difficulty and transition but also to the challenges of everyday life. It’s natural to feel nervous about opening up to a stranger, so I recommend trying at least three sessions before deciding on a therapist. One of the greatest benefits of therapy is learning to trust yourself; when you’ve found the right therapist, you will feel heard, supported, and challenged in a productive way.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Caring for one’s mental health has become less stigmatized and more widely accepted as a proactive way of achieving a fulfilled and balanced life. More therapists are combining approaches to incorporate the best of psychoanalysis, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness techniques into their practices. The growth of teletherapy has also increased the availability and convenience of talking to a therapist; you can do it all from the safety and comfort of your own home. Now more than ever, I believe therapy can benefit everyone and, at its best, be life-changing.
“I want to help you discover yourself, uncover what drives your behavior and feelings, and explore what you really want out of life.”