“I come from a family of professional musicians and I believe that my upbringing in a creative environment nurtured my ability to approach treatment in a creative and imaginative way.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
After completing my BA in psychology, I worked for several years as a clinical coordinator of pharmaceutical clinical trials in psychiatry, which involved extensive client contact. This job taught me a lot about psychiatric diagnoses and psychopharmacology. Since receiving my MSW, I have worked in various community mental health clinics and with clients from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. These experiences allowed me to become more attuned to the issues of social and racial justice that many clients face. In my clinical work, I am guided by my natural empathy and intuition. I come from a family of professional musicians and I believe that my upbringing in a creative environment nurtured my ability to approach treatment in a creative and imaginative way.
What should someone know about working with you?
My priority is to create a safe and comfortable emotional space for you. I view a therapeutic relationship as a working partnership between myself and my clients. I aim to help individuals gain a deeper understanding of themselves and of the connections between their feelings, thoughts, and actions. This understanding leads them to adopt new attitudes, change unhelpful patterns of behavior, and approach life situations from a different perspective. While I enjoy working with clients from all walks of life, I’ve started focusing my clinical work on creative professionals and the special challenges they face.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
In recent years, I have taken a number of courses at the Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in order to further hone my skills as a psychodynamically-oriented therapist. Additionally, NYU (my alma mater) has a great continuing education program and I have taken several of their training seminars.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited about the emergence of teletherapy as a mainstream mode of treatment. I believe that it makes therapy more accessible for clients who can now attend their sessions from the safety and comfort of home.
“I aim to help individuals gain a deeper understanding of themselves and of the connections between their feelings, thoughts, and actions.”