People come in with preconceived notions about what therapy is and what happens in the session. I tell my patients that it is their session and whatever they want to talk about is what we talk about. I believe all therapists want to help each individual be the best that they can be. My wish is that each person who may be hesitant to try it would give it a chance and invest in themselves because they deserve it.
One thing I learned in grad school was that you have to be yourself as a therapist. I can’t pretend to be someone I am not. What you see is what you get, and the more open I am the more comfortable my patients feel to be themselves. I’m often told I am real and down to earth. Being genuine and honest is necessary to develop a strong alliance.
I grew up in an abusive and neglectful home. I witnessed and experienced unspeakable things. I knew it wasn’t healthy even as a child. My brother committed suicide, and my goals have been to prevent others from suffering his fate. I know the pain of being a survivor, and this has given me passion for helping others. I know from personal experience that therapy works and am dedicated to showing others this and giving them hope and a safe space to talk about private things. I’m often told things that my patients have never shared with anyone, and I feel honored to hear their stories.
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.
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.
Familial relationships can be the source of stress and emotional pain, even in the healthiest of situations. Painful interactions can range from irritation to resentment and lead to feelings of guilt, disappointment, and anger.
Refers relationship issues with a partner or spouse. Can include issues related to relationship distress, relationship satisfaction, communication, intimacy, etc.
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.
Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by persistent instability in relationships, extreme emotional reactions, and chronic fear of abandonment. People with this may also tend to be moody, experiencing a lot of high highs and low lows.
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.
It's normal to experience anger at times, but for some, it becomes so frequent, intense, or difficult to control that it negatively affects their life. Anger management is a structured therapeutic approach toward reducing one’s anger to a point where more appropriate coping and/or conflict management skills are used. Beliefs and thoughts leading toward anger outbursts are explored while healthy coping and interpersonal skills are put into practice.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Family Systems Therapy
CPT, CBT, ACT, ART, EMDR, DBT
NY, LCSW, 081742
MSW, Social Work, Syracuse University
I’ve worked in both inpatient and outpatient clinics serving those suffering with mental health problems including depression, anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders and ineffectual coping. My personable, yet straightforward and honest approach, is what my clients say they like best about me. They also like my practical and realistic approach toward life. I’m able to easily build rapport as I have a genuine interest in hearing your story and a compassionate nonjudgemental approach. My patients often tell me they trust me and feel safe to share their thoughts and experiences.
Remote Therapist, Watertown, 13601, NY