My work, informed by over a decade of practice and training in a variety of approaches, helps people explore and work through habitual patterns or an unexpected crisis. They learn to treat themselves with compassion rather than judgment.
My career has given me the opportunity to learn and grow in many different mental health contexts, including hospital based mental health clinics, community-based support and service and private practice. I obtained my MSW from NYU Silver School in 2004, training in New York City agencies that provided care to individuals and families dealing with serious mental illnesses and limited access to care. I have practiced both in the United States, as well as abroad in New Zealand working with clients with substance abuse addictions as well as mental health diagnoses. My work is based in culturally sensitive, strength based techniques.
My practice style is best described as eclectic. I have a strong background in psycho-dynamic theory and continue to be dedicated to my clinical knowledge. I have completed extensive post-graduate training in areas such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and motivational interviewing. This knowledge allows me to create a collaborative, client-centered approach to my work. I continue to be committed to providing best practice for my clients, regularly attending conferences, trainings and clinical supervision.
I work to provide a warm and compassionate space allowing my clients to begin the process of therapy at their own pace. I believe the relationship between therapist and client is collaborative and authentic, and I have seen over and over in my career the change and healing which comes from the right therapeutic relationship.
I do not believe therapy looks the same for everyone. If you want to work on a particular issue, such as the stress that comes from a new job or a challenging academic time our work might be shorter term. For other issues, such as trying to understand longstanding issues of depression, anxiety or stubborn negative relationship patterns our work together may be longer in duration. This allows us the time to explore the underlying causes of these challenging areas to support long-lasting, sustainable change.