“Therapy is a collaborative process—and the therapeutic relationship is a key component in helping an individual gain clarity and begin to make positive changes in their life.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
After completing an undergraduate degree in psychology, I worked in financial services for several years. But I felt like something was missing—there had to be more. I decided to take a chance, switched fields, and began working with the 9/11 Fund to help victims’ family members, survivors, and first responders get much-needed mental services. I learned firsthand how vulnerable people often feel when reaching out for help and why the ability to access quality services is so important. I then decided to pursue a master’s degree in social work and I’ve never looked back. Over the last 15 years, I’ve worked with children, families, and adults in many settings, including private practice, schools, community mental health centers, and in residential and in-home treatment.
What should someone know about working with you?
Therapy is a collaborative process—and the therapeutic relationship is a key component in helping an individual gain clarity and begin to make positive changes in their life. My style is best described as eclectic, and my goal is to provide a safe space for you to explore your worries and concerns. Your treatment is tailored to best meet your needs, as no two people are the same. The first few sessions are dedicated to developing a sense of mutual trust, and gathering information about your history and your perspective on your current struggles. Together, we will establish your treatment goals by drawing upon my clinical expertise, your strengths, and your vision for the future you want to create.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Emotional health is one aspect of an individual's overall well-being, but it’s important to understand the link between the physical and the emotional. When it’s necessary for treatment, with your permission, I will collaborate with other providers—such as psychiatrists, doctors, physical therapists, nutritionists, and more.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
It’s normal to feel ambivalent about reaching out for help! As a therapist, I must acknowledge the enormous courage it takes for a client to reach out for help, make that first call, open themselves up, and be vulnerable. Often, we reach out for help when our coping mechanisms are no longer as effective as they once were—creating a crisis of sorts. Seeking therapy at that time can be an opportunity for enormous growth. Therapy can help you actualize your full potential and develop the life you want.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about society’s increasing awareness around mental health. We must continue to normalize what so many of us experience at various stages of our lives—stress, anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues. Seeking therapy is an important way an individual can work toward their overall wellness.
“Therapy can help you actualize your full potential and develop the life you want.”