My client and I will be determining therapy goals together. This is a process that occurs not only in the first session, but in the following sessions as well. Therapy is a fluid process. What short-term and long-term goals that are identified at the beginning, can easily change as defined goals are achieved and others develop. The process looks differently for everyone. Typically, in the first session, I would like to hear about what brings the client in to therapy. As we talk, the process of establishing goals will unfold itself. I am with each client on their journey, ensuring they know they are not alone in this therapeutic process.
I feel that the biggest barrier today for people seeking care is the stigma that goes with mental health. It can be a challenging first step for someone who is seeking help to reach out to make their first appointment. I have heard so many people say that they worry about how they are perceived by others if they are going to counseling. I truly believe there are times when a person can benefit from talking to an objective party. Sessions with me are held in a safe space with no judgment.
My personality greatly influences my approach to therapy. I am a compassionate, patient, positive, and grounded person. I have a wealth of life experiences that enable me to provide empathy and understanding. Therapy is about growing as a person, learning about yourself and how you see the world. I view my client as a person who is taking the steps to be their best self. My sessions are person-centered, tailoring my approach to address the varied needs of each individual. I am passionate about this field and being a support to each client. Ideally, through these sessions, my client will develop the tools needed to become autonomous and confident in their everyday living.
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.
ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) causes a hard time focusing attention and controlling restless or impulsive behavior. People with ADHD might have emotional outbursts, be forgetful, and/or find it difficult to stay organized.
Personality disorders entail a maladaptive way of behaving, feeling, and thinking that deviate from societal and cultural norms. They may lead to personal distress, interpersonal issues, harmful behaviors, and legal issues. Personality disorders include paranoid, schizoid, schizotypal, antisocial, borderline, histrionic, narcissistic, avoidant, dependent, and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder. They are treatable but not curable.
Trauma is the result of experiencing a perceived, extremely distressful event. Although the stress threshold for each person differs, meaning that each person considers and experiences trauma differently, it is an event that tops one’s threshold. It exceeds one’s ability to cope or emotionally process. Symptoms may include shock, anxiety, confusion, hopelessness, feeling disconnected, mood swings, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts.
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.
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.
Regular involvement with a substance or activity in a compulsive, hard to control way that often has harmful consequences. Often refers to substance use, but can include compulsive behaviors such as sex, gambling, or shopping.
Abuse/Survivors of abuse
Abuse includes any significant mistreatment along the lines of psychical, emotional, sexual, verbal, and neglect. Survivors of abuse may experience negative thoughts and feelings, flashbacks, distrust of others, social withdrawal, self-harm, and increased likelihood of developing mental health and substance abuse issues.
Autism spectrum disorder
A developmental disability that impacts communication and behavior. Onset typically occurs during early childhood, but an individual may be diagnosed at any point in life. Severity of the disorder varies along a spectrum. Accordingly, challenges associated with verbal and nonverbal communication, interpersonal interactions, and restricted/repetitive behaviors vary as well.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Strength Based Therapy
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Emotionally Focused Therapy
Family Systems Therapy
Marriage and Family Therapy
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
NY, LMHC, 006917
EdM, Psychological Counseling, Columbia University
MA, Developmental Psychology, Columbia University
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. I have experience providing in-person and Telehealth psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults in individual sessions, couple sessions, family sessions, and group therapy. I tailor my therapeutic treatment modalities to the needs of each client, ensuring a person-centered approach. I have experience working with those who suffer from varied clinical diagnoses. I have worked as a therapist in diverse settings such as outpatient therapy, partial hospitalization, inpatient substance abuse rehabilitation, residential group homes, and private practice.. I am trained in Seeking Safety, Individual and Relationship Trauma, Mindfulness, Grief Counseling, and Anger Management.
Remote Therapist, Garden City, 11530, NY