I want people to feel comfortable around me, whether that's in my personal life or in therapy sessions. I have always been told that I am a good listener, and I like to let people share their story with me at their own pace. It is important to me for clients to see that I am a human being too!
Defining success in therapy is a collaborative and ongoing process between the client and the clinician. I believe that clients are the expert on their own life. I use a solution-focused lens to help clients identify what they want to work towards and define in their own terms what success will look like. We re-visit goals throughout our time together to assess progress and make any adjustments
Everybody can benefit from therapy at one point or another! Going to therapy does not mean that there is something wrong with you. It means that you are taking an important step in taking care of yourself
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.
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.
Mood disorder is a broad term used to include the different types of depressive and bipolar disorders, all of which affect mood. With a mood disorder, your moods may range from extremely low to extremely high or irritable.
Workplace issues are a common source of stress and can include interpersonal conflict, communication problems, gossip, harassment, discrimination, low motivation and job satisfaction, performance issues, and poor job fit.
Grief is a reaction to an emotionally significant loss and often comes with symptoms of depression or anxiety. These symptoms can remain intense and last for a long time after a loss, making it difficult to move forward with a healthy lifestyle.
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.
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.
Characterized by alternating symptoms of depression and mania. During more extreme episodes, depression may lead to the point of suicidal ideation and attempts while extreme bouts of mania are marked by impulsive behavior, lack of sleep, elevated esteem, and even psychosis.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Strength Based Therapy
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
NY, LCSW, 084555
MSW, Children and Family Concentration, University at Buffalo
I started and spent many years of my social work career at a nonprofit agency where I worked with families of teenagers who were involved with the juvenile justice system. In addition to providing intense in-home therapy, I attended court hearings, school meetings, and other collaborative appointments. I was further trained in Strategic Family Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, Solution Focused - Trauma Informed Care, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I also spent many years as a supervisor there, where I oversaw teams of therapists who were working with families. My most recent work in a health clinic helped me to strengthen my individual counseling skills. While there, I provided behavioral health services such as therapy sessions with a wide range of clientele, crisis assessments, hospital discharge follow ups, and connection to additional resources as needed. I also continued utilizing relationships with other key persons such as doctors, nurses, case workers, and family members to help clients work towards success.
Tonawanda, 14150, NY