“I work and strive to understand where you have been, where you are, and the vision of where you would like to be.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Throughout my life I was always told that I was a good listener. I would always take it as a compliment. It wasn't until I was in college that I realized my natural trait for listening was actually my calling in life. I knew I wanted to pursue this as a career — not only being a person who people can confide in, but a person who can help others. I pursued my undergraduate and graduate degrees followed by postgraduate training in child and adolescents psychoanalysis in New York City. During this time, I worked at crisis hotlines, nursing homes, family center agencies, campus ministries, and substance abuse and nonprofit organizations. I have enjoyed a career as a child coach, mentor, social worker, supervisor, teacher, and psychotherapist, and who knows where else my interests will send me. Moreover, I learned how I can help others by strengthening and improving my natural ability to empower them, not only by being a good listener but also by providing insight to those who need it.
What should someone know about working with you?
My approach to therapy has always been fluid. I tend to meet clients where they are at, regardless of the situation. I respect the coping skills that have gotten them this far and look forward to collaboratively creating stronger ones. I work and strive to understand where you have been, where you are, and the vision of where you would like to be. The initial session will be my chance to explore and answer any questions you may have. Finding the right psychotherapist may be like searching for the best outfit and striving to figure out what the best fit is for you. In treatment, I make connections between your upbringing and patterns you seem to exhibit now in your life. From there, after identifying the issue and examining some core beliefs, we work together to reframe your thoughts while improving your coping skills. It’s a process, and I patiently work with you at your speed.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am very excited about the use of technology and telehealth in therapy, which helps normalize psychotherapy and make it more accessible. Everyone can benefit from therapy at different points in their lives. Working on personal issues is a strength of character that should be respected and admired. Personally, I have used both telephonic and video platforms for years as a supplement to face-to-face sessions and my clients have always appreciated my openness to adjust my schedule to theirs. The majority of people are always on the go and telehealth is a viable solution.
Have you done any research-based work that you found particularly exciting? How does it inform your practice today?
Lately, I have started exploring the connections between perceptions and expectations as influenced by social media. People tend to have their own roadmap as to where they believe their lives should be headed; yet with the advent of social media, many of us are served a distorted view of what we perceive to be our expectations of fulfillment. Thus far in my work with clients, I strive to clear the lenses we use to view our lives in comparison to outside distortions. I work to reestablish my clients’ core beliefs and guide them to embrace the acceptance of self.
“In treatment, I make connections between your upbringing and patterns you seem to exhibit now in your life.”