“I believe that change is possible and we can learn to manage our emotions and maintain healthy, fulfilling relationships.”
What was your path to becoming a Licensed Psychologist?
I started my career as an early childhood educator and quickly realized that I needed more education and training to meet the needs of the children and families in our schools. I returned to university and completed my doctoral degree. I then returned to work at the hospital and specialized in working with survivors of traumatic brain injuries. Later, I began to see clients in private practice, but I continue to teach because it is very important to me.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe that change is possible and we can learn to manage our emotions and maintain healthy, fulfilling relationships. This often requires self-reflection, self-awareness, and acceptance.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I believe it is very important to continue learning no matter how many years of experience we have and, therefore, I attend workshops, presentations, and conferences every year to advance my knowledge in our profession. I also attended the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and, after several years of intensive training, graduated with an advanced certificate in 2017.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
Acceptance and understanding are most important when exploring ourselves and how we became who we are because there are many variables that have impacted us from early childhood to today.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
I am an adjunct professor at New York University, Department of Applied Psychology, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. I teach graduate courses in clinical mental health and wellness counseling. I was the project psychologist for the Traumatic Brain Injury Project at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. For several years, I worked for the Research Foundation at Hunter College, CUNY, as the research coordinator of projects funded by the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).
What is most important when providing therapy?
The therapist accepts that they are invited to join another person on their journey of self-discovery.
“This often requires self-reflection, self-awareness, and acceptance.”