Therapy is a journey, not a quick fix. It is a process and opportunity to connect to the origin stories and narratives that shape our programming, conditioning and how we see the world and ourselves in it. Family influences such, as does culture, society, media, educators, gender norms and so forth. These systems inform the way we relate to ourselves and others and how we show up in our adult relationships. Therapy aids in guiding us in this process of “peeling back the layers of the onion,” in uncovering the stories which dwell deep in our subconscious minds. It is complex and confronting work that becomes the unlocking for our healing, growth and transformation. There will be points during such journey when a client shows signs of healing from hurt, makes a connection between their presenting behavior and an old wound, or intentionally implements a different use of language in their relationship and gets a new response from their partner permitting them to feel connected. These moments are what makes therapy so rewarding! I rejoice in my clients' successes and celebrate with them on their journey towards their ideal version of happiness.
Many of my early life lessons influenced my drive to become a therapist. I have been on my own journey towards self-development and preservation, gaining emotional awareness and understanding the difference between unhealthy and healthy relationships. Since I was young, people and relationships always fascinated me. I have experienced and witnessed ups and downs throughout my own life. As an active listener and observer, I have strived to better understand human functioning and our innate drive for connectivity and fulfillment. When I first had the opportunity to study psychology it gave me greater insight and healing towards my own life experience and sparked a great passion for me to help others overcome life’s obstacles in a safe space.
In my work I find it useful to draw on a variety of clinical perspectives geared toward helping individuals and/or couples awaken the full potential of their (un)lived lives and unlock their ideal version selves. I have a warm, engaging style and my approach is collaborative, practical and solution focused. Each client brings to the process a unique set of needs, goals and strengths. My goal is to help empower clients to create shifts in their lives and get unstuck from patterns they live and relive over and over. I work from a belief that my role is not to “fix” clients but to support them, provide meaningful insights and tools to enhance awareness and promote choice over one’s life.
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.
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.
Sexuality Based Issues
Sexuality refers to habits and preferences in terms of sexual behavior, which people express in many ways. Issues in this area may be related to confusion or distress about sexuality or sexual identity.
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.
Children that experience parents and/or guardians that are avoidant, ambivalent, or resistant from an early age, may develop attachment issues. This can manifest as difficulty forming or maintaining friendships, romantic relationships and empathetic bonds throughout life, as well as other issues.
Source of communication challenges in circumstances and relationships that can have a negative impact on mental health. Misunderstandings and misinterpretations often lead to arguments in personal, platonic, or professional relationships.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Imago Relationship Therapy
Marriage and Family Therapy
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
The Gottman Method
Clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
Certificates: The Mystery of Eroticism, Esther Perel; The Dance of Sex, Susan Johnson; RX for the Sex-Starved Marriage, Michele Weiner¬-Davis; The Case for Porn, Ian Kerner; Transforming Sexual Narratives, Suzanne Iasenza; Fast Sex, Slow Love: New Pathways to Commitment, Helen Fisher; The New Rules of Love: How Couples Are Reinventing Marriage, Richard Simon, Esther Perel; The Monogamy Continuum, Richard Simon, Dr. Tammy Nelson; The Crisis of Trust in Today’s Couples, Julie & John Gottman; REBT: Evidence Based Treatment With Couples, The Albert Ellis Institute
NY, LMFT, 001548
Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, Long Island University Brooklyn
Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, University of Tampa
Throughout my career I have worked with a whole gamut of psychological and relational concerns and psychiatric disorders in both private and in clinical settings. For the last half of my career I have worked in private practice with a range of clients, providing counseling for adolescents, adults, couples and families and have experience working with various conditions including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, relationships (relational manners) and intimacy difficulties. I assist clients to achieve their goals and live their dreams while liberating them from their external and internal barriers. I provide tools and insights for clients to better assess themselves and their manner of coping and perceiving their world and their actions within it. I help individuals and couples explore intimacy and sexuality concerns where we examine various psychological factors, develop sex education and language, resources, and learn effective techniques. I provide a safe space for all to explore any concerns pertaining to sexuality and lifestyle including polyamory, open relationships, swinging and non-monogamy, as well as LGBTQIA communities, BDSM, kink, and other sexual minorities. I have also provided professional contributions to well known publications to inform and engage a broader audience in respect to relational concerns faced by society. During the beginning of my professional career I worked one on one with individuals diagnosed with psychotic disorders in a transitional home. It was during this phase of my career that I gained the compassion and appreciation for every step of the process in the therapeutic relationship and understanding that all growth is significant and occasionally the most meaningful. Additionally, my work has included substance abuse counseling where I provided individual, family, and group counseling in a culturally diverse, multi-disciplinary, fast-paced and often demanding environment. I gained understanding of a stigmatized and vulnerable population that is often systemically denied the basic help they are seeking due to their addiction. I was exposed to administrative and clinical adversities that have benefited my growth as a psychotherapist and as a person.
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