My Approach to Helping
You're not crazy. The world we live in kind of is though, isn't it? A whole host of things might be driving you to seek therapy, whether it's: anxiety, depression, or ADHD; challenging relational or sexual dynamics; figuring out how to make a polyamorous, open, kinky or otherwise non-traditional relationship work for you and the people you love; or something entirely different. Regardless why you're here, you are not the crazy one. Living in a world that does not make more space for these things, however, is pretty crazy.
With almost every so-called "disorder" comes a whole host of strengths and quirks that can help you help others and live your best self. With every unique way of living comes a beautiful and rich perspective, and the world is better because of your authentic decisions in life. In my work with you, we will often begin from a positive psychotherapeutic lens. This means that we will spend a lot of time creating and growing the things that make life most worth living for you. And we can harness these aspects of life to ease your pain, often even turning those sources of pain into sources of strength. I also often integrate relational therapy into our work: By better understanding and shaping your connections to each of the important people in your life--both past and present--we can make a significant impact on your reality for the better.
More Info About My Practice
After a brief flirtation with a career in music, I went to University of Pennsylvania to earn a Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP), focusing my studies in positive sexuality. I then earned two master’s degrees in counseling psychology at Columbia University, where my training centered around social justice and multicultural concerns in therapy. While at Columbia, I also earned an advanced certificate studying LGBTQ+ issues and working with open, polyamorous, and CNM (consensually non-monogamous) individuals. I've given guest-lectures on positive sexuality at University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University and my work on ethical non-monogamy was featured at the 2020 APA Convention. I've facilitated workshops on positive psychology in the work place at Fordham University and I hold a primary certificate in REBT from the Albert Ellis Institute. Currently, I am a sex therapy trainee at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
You might have hesitations before trying therapy and that hesitation is incredibly valid--for so many reasons! I believe that successful therapy can only happen when you and your therapist have good chemistry. I give free, thirty-minute consultations so we can see how well we work together. If that sounds like something you're interested in, please feel free to message me or give me a call. I'll be looking forward to meeting you and seeing how this works for us.