Many people might be reluctant to begin therapy as the thought of therapy already feels heavy. Some might feel too vulnerable to unload to a stranger all of their issues. I do believe therapy requires work and reflecting into your inner world; however, it goes at your own pace. I often find it easier and less burdensome to unload issues onto a stranger who is not directly in your personal life. Each session can be as heavy or as light as you would like. I believe gentle redirecting is necessary in therapy at times, but stemming from a person-centered approach, I do not pressure my clients into facing what they are not ready for.
I like to set goals with clients in the beginning or after the first session and periodically review them as we progress in therapy. I believe goals can be changed or refined as we dig deeper into issues concerning an individual. Reviewing goals and seeing how they are achieved or changed indicate growth.
I have always been a listener. I find that active listening is not as easy as it sounds and requires a personality who actually hears what you are saying. In my personal life, I too find that talking about my problems will help alleviate some of the stress despite some of the problems still remaining a constant. Long before becoming a therapist, I was already a "therapist"; amongst my peers. I believe my personality influences my approach of person-centered therapy as I am a gentle guider and active listener.
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.
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.
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.
Involves a person sacrificing their needs to meet the needs of others. Their thoughts and actions center on a significant other, spouse, friend, or relative. Becomes an issue when relationships are unbalanced and unhealthy.
Coping skills are tools and techniques one can learn, practice, and use to handle difficult emotions, decrease stress, and establish or maintain a sense of internal order.
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.
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.
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.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Mandated Reported Training
NY, LMHC, 009561
NJ, LPC, 37PC00733600
MSEd, Mental Health Counseling, Hunter College
Hi! I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with approximately 5 years of counseling experience working with individuals. My main focus have been with individuals carrying dual diagnoses of substance use disorders as well as other mental health diagnoses. I have worked with clients managing addiction, depression, anxiety, family/intimate partner relationship issues, career issues, as well as patients who have had past traumatic experiences. I am an empathic and dedicated counselor with specialized knowledge and understanding of crisis thinking as well as utilization of Evidence Based Practices in treatment. I strive to assist my clients through a person-centered/client focused approach in order to grow with different individuals on their unique journeys. I believe each person holds the key to unlocking the mystery behind their stressors and I would love to begin paving the path to finding out those answers with you. I look forward to working with you!
Remote Therapist, Fort Lee, 07024, NJ