“I like to provide the opportunity for the client to lead the session, exploring themes that have arisen while also providing some direction.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I’ve known that I wanted to be a psychotherapist since I was 14-years-old; there is something about acting as a portal for others that has always appealed to me. It is not about fixing, but instead about witnessing and guiding the path for others that has always had me invested in the therapy field. I discovered the various ways one can "show up" to sessions both as a client and therapist and fell even more in love as I advanced my schooling, training, and life experience. I worked in an eating disorder treatment facility for over seven years in various roles where I supported those struggling with their relationships to their bodies as well as their overall mental health concerns. I used this training in my practice as I began to work individually with clients in New York and New Jersey.
What should someone know about working with you?
I like to provide the opportunity for the client to lead the session, exploring themes that have arisen while also providing some direction. Think of it this way: The client is pushing the accelerator or the brakes and I help with the steering. I am quick to notice when a client may need more structured sessions, including assignments or skills-work. I practice naming my assessments and always collaborate in order to hear what’s helping and note any possible avoidance.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
My main motto is to practice curiosity and look at every session as an opportunity; this allows me to continue to practice without judgment and to view therapy not as "goal-oriented" but instead as a process that may include goals. I seek out continuing education courses and readings but, above all, I aim to learn from those around me, including my clients.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Connection! As more people come forward to destigmatize and normalize the concept of big feelings, more individuals are able to feel connected and see reflections of themselves in others in a way that allows for less loneliness and the possibility of community.
Why is therapy with you different than therapy with another provider?
While each therapist has something unique to offer and the fit between the client and therapist should feel comfortable and have room for growth, I believe that I show up to all sessions with authenticity and strive to be a vessel that helps clients use the strengths they have to move forward.
“My main motto is to practice curiosity and look at every session as an opportunity; this allows me to continue to practice without judgment and to view therapy not as "goal-oriented" but instead as a process that may include goals.”