“I am a firm believer in holistic, collaborative treatment that focuses on the overall wellness of the mind and the body.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist started in adolescence, when I had my own first therapy session. As I began to contemplate my future career, my passion for helping others the way I had been helped grew. Studying psychology and clinical social work helped me understand more deeply how childhood experiences can shape our present-day functioning and relationships. As a therapist, it’s important to me to help clients learn how to process these past experiences while making changes in the present to feel satisfied with their relationships, choices, and self-image. My career as a social worker has allowed me a variety of professional experiences—and these experiences have helped shape the integrated approach that I use when working with my clients.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am a firm believer in holistic, collaborative treatment that focuses on the overall wellness of the mind and the body. It’s important to me that you feel safe, respected, and heard in our relationship. Improving access to mental health care is also important to me, which is why my practice is currently focused on providing therapy via secure video sessions. This allows you to participate in sessions when and where it’s convenient for you, whether that’s at your home or office. I am licensed to see clients living throughout New York and New Jersey. In our therapy sessions, we’ll examine your lifestyle, relationships, thought patterns, and behaviors to determine what is and is not helping you to live your best life.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Collaborating with other professionals can be an integral part of your treatment. I believe in treating the whole person, rather than only the specific problems you are bringing to therapy, and that can involve referrals to and communication with doctors, psychiatrists, nutritionists, and other types of providers. This is something that will never be done without your permission, but it can be a game changer for those experiencing specific types of symptoms. Diet, exercise, lifestyle, and medical conditions all interact to affect our mental well-being, and it’s important to not minimize the role of these factors in achieving wellness goals.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Finding a therapist and engaging in the therapeutic process can seem daunting—especially if it’s the first time. Not only can it be difficult to find a therapist whose schedule and location are convenient for you, but negative perceptions surrounding mental health treatment can also keep people from seeking the support they need. There is a misconception that one needs to have “serious” problems or debilitating, “dangerous” symptoms in order to benefit from therapy. In reality, we all face challenges in our lives and it’s okay to ask for help. Further, therapy doesn’t have to be so “serious” all the time—it can also involve celebration and joy. You are the expert, and my role is to make sure that you feel safe, heard, and understood.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
Although the stigma around mental health care continues to be a barrier, the culture around this is slowly changing—and more people are feeling comfortable seeking treatment than ever before. There is a cultural shift happening that allows for increased awareness around mental health treatment, addiction, and the importance of treating others with compassion. As a therapist, it’s very exciting for me to see people in the spotlight coming forward and being open about the struggles they have faced. This opens a dialogue for people who may experience shame or embarrassment about their own mental health challenges—and it empowers them to get the help they need.
“You are the expert, and my role is to make sure that you feel safe, heard, and understood.”