This hesitation is completely normal! It is natural to feel a bit vulnerable opening up to someone you do not know and trust them with your thoughts and feelings. A vital part of my job is to provide a safe, nonjudgmental environment where you can feel secure exploring your experiences and challenges, and, through our work together, take steps toward healing and growth. Therapy offers you someone who listens to you, values your perspective, and validates your experience. It is an opportunity for support and growth while being wholly accepted.
I view therapy as a collaborative process where we work together to develop your goals and work toward them. I invite you to be honest and upfront with me and provide feedback, so that you can have the most productive experience possible. Likewise, I will be honest with you because I believe this is important in building a trusting relationship.
I believe we are all capable of leading satisfying lives and that change- whether a circumstance, mindset, or behavior-is always possible. I also believe that to achieve fulfillment, one must be willing to invest in themselves and do whatever work is necessary. As a psychologist, these beliefs translate to empowerment of my clients and encouragement of self-reflection, while providing consistent support and empathy.
Depression often causes people to feel sad, empty, or hopeless, and can cause a lack of interest in life. It can also affect a person's thinking patterns and physical health.
Anxiety can mean nervousness, worry, or self-doubt. Anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder that entails excessive, repeated bouts of worry, anxiety, and/or fear.
Adolescent mental health
Adolescent mental health focuses on adolescent-specific experiences including physical and cognitive development, social and environmental factors, sex, sexual identification and orientation, emotional processing, and substance use. Given the influence that parents/guardians have on adolescents, home life is a particularly important consideration.
Parenting issues involve those associated with the child-rearing process. These may include safety, discipline, nutrition, finances, childcare, school, household rules, chores, daily routines, social activities, and relationships with extended family members. Because child-rearing practices vary by culture, cultural norms must be considered.
Self-esteem is the degree to which a person feels confident, valuable, and worthy of respect. Feeling low self-esteem can influence overall well-being and be linked to anxiety and/or depression.
Social anxiety or social phobia is fear of social situations or a fear of interacting with people other than close friends and family. Social anxiety can be persistent, intense, and debilitating, greatly affecting daily life.
Concerns that impact school performance or academic life. Can include perfectionism, bullying, financial stress, academic transitions, test anxiety, balancing school with other responsibilities, discrimination, or harassment.
Familial relationships can be the source of stress and emotional pain, even in the healthiest of situations. Painful interactions can range from irritation to resentment and lead to feelings of guilt, disappointment, and anger.
Positive and negative change can be difficult, including things like moving, breaking up, adjusting to parenthood, or changing careers. It’s normal to feel stressed, however, life transitions can inhibit people from living healthy lifestyles.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
NY, Psychologist, 021746
Ph.D., School Psychology, Columbia University, New York, NY
I have been fortunate enough to have a range of experiences in a variety of settings, with clients in various life stages, and addressing a breadth of concerns. My training culminated in serving in a hospital and outpatient clinic within a special education school, where I was a therapist and case manager for children and adolescents who had experienced trauma, were having trouble functioning in society, and were experiencing severe distress. A common thread that I observed was a strain in family support for the clients I served, as well as a need for caregivers to be better educated about the mental health crises these youngsters were trying to cope with. This inspired me to focus on family work and parent/caregiver psychoeducation, in addition to the individual therapy work that was integral in my next role as a psychologist at an outpatient clinic serving people with developmental disabilities and their families. Here I had the opportunity to provide psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults, along with their families, as well as help clients and their families gain access to a wealth of services through psychological evaluations. Assessment ended up being a large component of my responsibilities at this clinic, and my passion for helping students understand their learning styles and make sense of their learning difficulties was invigorated. I began my private practice consulting within a clinic that provided psychoeducational evaluations investigating cognitive, academic, social-emotional, and attentional functioning. Here I conducted comprehensive evaluations for elementary to college-aged students with an array of concerns and worked with parents to help them understand their child’s functioning and how to move forward with the recommendations we provided. Since then, I have continued to provide therapy to adolescents, young adults, parents and families through my private practice.
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