“I believe that therapy should be a collaborative process where we work together to develop pragmatic solutions that you can implement in your daily life.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
I’ve always had a passion for working with people through challenging phases of their lives. While in college, I worked in a supported housing development, providing crisis support to residents. It was here that I observed how people can thrive when they find the right support system. This experience further reinforced my interest in the human condition and why people think and feel the way they do. After graduating with my master’s degree, I began my professional career in Ireland working with marginalized individuals and families, who often experienced severe trauma and challenges around their mental health. Since moving to New York five years ago, I’ve worked at one of New York’s leading nonprofits. Working collaboratively with clients in therapy has been a tremendous honor and I am delighted to have my private practice here in New York City.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
While my treatment approach differs from client to client, my goal is to create a warm and open environment where you feel comfortable working to solve your challenges. I believe that therapy should be a collaborative process where we work together to develop pragmatic solutions that you can implement in your daily life. During the first session, we’ll spend time getting to know one another. I typically want to understand what brings you to therapy, a history of the presenting issue, what has and hasn’t worked well for you in the past, and what your goals for treatment are. I’m a big believer in the mind-body connection and believe that small changes can create outsized results in your quality of life. As our relationship progresses, we will create a plan of action so that you can practice and advance what we’ve worked on during our sessions.
What do you think is the biggest barrier today for people seeking care?
There are a lot of initial obstacles that can make it difficult for people to seek therapy to support their wellness. Many don't know what to expect and may be wondering if therapy is right for them in the first place. This uncertainty, combined with finding time out of an already busy day and identifying the right therapist, all add to the hurdle that can deter people from seeking support. Alma provides many modern conveniences for the client, making this initial process just a little bit easier to navigate. Alma’s community of providers also makes it convenient to refer clients to other wellness practitioners, such as psychiatrists or nutritionists, should it be beneficial as part of your treatment plan. Ultimately, overcoming these initial barriers and seeking therapy helps to put us on a path to grow as individuals and realize our full potential.
If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?
While the thought of coming to therapy can be daunting, it’s not all as bad as it seems. It can initially be uncomfortable to talk about your feelings, but you’ve decided to work on your challenges and coming to therapy is a great first step. I strive to create a warm environment for my clients to talk openly and explore their difficulties. It’s an honor to work with clients and witness the significant progress that can be made when they commit to addressing their challenges head on.
If you could pick one or two books that influenced your approach to therapy what would they be and why?
I frequently reference the books Stress Proof and Mindset during sessions and will often recommend them to my clients. While these books are not specific to therapy, they are very applicable to modern day NYC living, where the demands of careers, family life, and relationships can be particularly stressful.
Stress Proof, by Mithu Storoni, provides science-based cognitive and behavioral techniques to reduce stress on the mind and body. This book provides actionable advice for anyone who may be looking to decrease their levels of overall stress, improve their mental and physical health, and ultimately live happier lives.
Mindset, by Carol S. Dweck, examines the differences between having a fixed vs. growth mindset and argues that our talents and abilities can be shaped by the way we think about them. The book offers practical guidance on how to develop a growth mindset in order to increase success and productivity.
“It’s an honor to work with clients and witness the significant progress that can be made when they commit to addressing their challenges head on.”