“While I do not have all the answers, I offer potent methods to discover solutions with targeted questions, deep listening, mindfulness, art, guided writing, and/or movement experiences.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My Italian immigrant upbringing valued hard work, family, respect, and contributing your part. It fostered my deep desire to help people in need. For me, psychology and energy healing were early interests, nestled alongside my love of the arts (dance, theater, and writing). Combining psychology and expressive arts eventually led me to a master’s degree in dance/movement therapy in addition to my social work degree. Being dually-licensed as a clinical social worker and creative arts therapist in combination with studies in yoga, hypnotherapy, psychodrama, sound therapy, and work with Native healers gives me an array of empowerment tools to share with individuals, groups, couples, and families. Currently, I am completing coursework with Dr. Leslie Korn to become a certified mental health integrative medicine provider.
What should someone know about working with you?
The art of healing is a sacred journey requiring trust and courage to produce enduring results. While I do not have all the answers, I offer potent methods to discover solutions with targeted questions, deep listening, mindfulness, art, guided writing, and/or movement experiences. After our initial consultation and intake, a customized plan is formulated, which is respectful of my client's spiritual and/or cultural traditions. Sometimes, I may give brief assignments to complete between sessions. Individuals and couples find my approach compassionate, trauma-informed, and valuable. The most successful clients are those who actively partner with me to discover the best way forward with authenticity and curiosity. I have specialized training in trauma recovery, family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, adolescent depression, DBT, anxiety disorders, spectrum disorders, and more.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
As lifelong learning is the hallmark of a serious professional, I collaborate with other clinicians and attend many trainings. As an active member of the American Dance Therapy Association, the NYS Society for Clinical Social Workers, and the NYS School Social Work Association, I strive to gain expertise in various treatment modalities in order to become the best resource to clients. As a former rape counselor, many trainings have centered on trauma (the root of so many interpersonal and relational difficulties) as well as brain science, polyvagal theory, heart coherence, the use of mind-body techniques, and expressive arts for trauma treatment. My ongoing learning interests include psycho-spiritual development and ritual, women's psychology, autism spectrum disorders, coping with chronic illness, intimate partner violence, parenting issues, and relationship counseling.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
Human beings are inherently wired to make transcendental leaps of change. It's possible for refugees, abandoned crack babies, and survivors of rape and violence to become well-functioning people, even community leaders. My strongest conviction is that we are more than our circumstances. Sharing our stories and releasing shame can create empowered and better people. Following the death of my father to cancer, my mom married a man who struggled with addiction. As a depressed adolescent, I found expression in dance, theater, and writing, and solace in self-help groups. By discovering the power of spirituality, the arts, and group work to promote healing, I started my journey toward becoming an integrative healer and inspirational coach. The success stories of my clients continue to inspire me.
“The most successful clients are those who actively partner with me to discover the best way forward with authenticity and curiosity.”