I consider two of my most dominant personality characteristics to be empathetic and calming. In the therapeutic relationship, my approach is always to listen first, think thoroughly, and respond thoughtfully. It has taken me years of experience and self-reflection to see this as a strength as I had often felt left behind in rapidly moving academic and professional conversations that do not always allow the space for deep contemplation and thoughtfulness. Through my own self work and guidance of mentors, I have come to realize this as a great asset in the context of the therapeutic relationship. I believe some of my assets as a therapist to be active listening skills and a collaborative approach to processing and healing. I can hold space with compassion and empathy, while utilizing my training and skills to give direction and focus to our work together.
I approach goal setting from a holistic and collaborative approach. I believe that you are the expert of your own experience and I am here to provide you with tools to help you process and overcome barriers that we identify together. By setting identifiable goals, it will better allow us to track progress, as well as revisit and align our work together in pursuit of these end goals. I believe that early conversations about goal setting in our relationship will also outline clear next steps - sometimes the most challenging step to take is the first one.
For people who are hesitant to begin therapy, I would like them to know that therapy and mental health treatment is not a one size fits all approach. There are many different options available as far as method of treatment, clinician training and approach, as well as how your personalities interact. It may take time to find the best fit; but regardless of what you may be seeking support with, there will be a professional who’s background and approach match your needs. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t “click” with your first therapist right away, like with any major investment, it sometimes takes time to “shop around”. It is also different to seeking other health care, such as a physician or dentist who you may only see a few times a year - this person you will likely be speaking with on a very regular basis, so the right fit and approach are crucial!
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.
Body image issues
Due to continued exposure to images of “normal” or “desired” body types, people can develop a range of positive or negative emotions about their appearance causing anxiety, depression, or eating disorders.
An ongoing effort to harm someone, physically or emotionally, based on perceived weakness. Commonly associated with childhood but can occur at any age. Could also take the form of sexual harassment or gossip.
College & graduate student issues
Issues arising from being in a new environment or away from home for the first time. College-aged kids have the highest rates of mental illness, suffering things like stress, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, and substance abuse.
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.
Designed to help people choose, change, or leave a career at any stage of life. Careers are often wrapped up in people’s perceived identity, therefore, any change can cause anxiety and/or depression.
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.
Refers relationship issues with a partner or spouse. Can include issues related to relationship distress, relationship satisfaction, communication, intimacy, etc.
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.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
NY, LMSW, 098753
Masters of Science in Social Work (MSW), Columbia University School of Social Work
I have over 10 years of experience in the field of youth development, including work with young adults with developmental disabilities, high school and college students, and young professionals during times of transition.
2 West 45th St, New York, 10036, NY