“I am grateful that my path has led me to become a psychologist, a position in which I can use my creativity to help people make important changes in their lives.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have a background in the arts and found that my observant and creative nature could also be applied to clinical work. I worked in nonprofit arts/social services administration for a few years but came to realize that I wanted a career that was more interpersonally-focused. During my doctoral training, I worked in a number of New York hospitals and with a wide range of individuals from all different backgrounds. It was inspiring to observe that, while we all have our own unique experiences that can shape the way we relate to the world, there are also many common human emotional experiences. I believe feeling truly heard and seen is very powerful; it can help us self-reflect, leading us to adjust difficult patterns and engage in personal growth. I am grateful that my path has led me to become a psychologist, a position in which I can use my creativity to help people make important changes in their lives.
What should someone know about working with you?
I work with adults from a wide range of backgrounds. I use a warm and collaborative approach and I am a reflective listener who strives to really hear what is causing suffering and what a client is hoping to change in their life. I work with clients to understand how past experiences might be shaping their current behaviors and I use an integrative approach to help clients find ways to lead a meaningful life.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I value being truly heard. As a therapist, I strive to take a nonjudgmental and client-centered approach to listening, which allows a client to feel safe as they explore their emotional experiences. This can then help a client gain the confidence they might need to try and make changes to their current patterns. I also value connectedness and I believe that humans process their emotions and experiences when they are able to share them with others. I work with my clients to find ways to feel more connected to others in their lives and grow meaningful relationships.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am excited about the telehealth approaches to therapy. I believe telehealth allows therapy to be more available to individuals who might feel too overwhelmed, busy, or stressed to make time for self-care. I am also excited that mental health treatment is becoming less stigmatized. I have observed people less afraid to try therapy and I’m glad to see more individuals seeking care rather than internalizing their suffering for too long.
“I use a warm and collaborative approach and I am a reflective listener who strives to really hear what is causing suffering and what a client is hoping to change in their life.”