My Approach to Helping
My approach is rooted in an abiding interest in the human experience. I believe we can become the best versions of ourselves when we have the space, safety, and support to investigate our innermost thoughts and feelings. I was drawn to becoming a therapist after formative experiences with psychotherapy, meditation, and yoga helped me through difficult life transitions, and wished to share them with others. I continue to use elements of these philosophies, along with somatic techniques, cognitive therapy, and humor to create a relatable, nonjudgmental environment where you can learn and grow. I believe in the body's natural ability to move toward resilience and strength, and the power of compassion (for ourselves and others) to heal.
More Info About My Practice
I was trained as a clinical social worker at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, which emphasized an awareness of how social issues, including patterns of systemic oppression, affect all people. I also have over 7 years of career experience in creative professions, both nonprofit and corporate. I'm sympathetic to the challenges of life in New York for young professionals. My liberal arts background enables me to connect on a variety of topics and help you to make meaning out of your passions and interests.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
Choosing a therapist can be a daunting process, especially for individuals who have never been to therapy before. Therapists are often portrayed in popular culture as either cool, aloof analysts or quirky oddballs, which can set up expectations that a clients' deepest issues will either be met with silence or irreverence.
In reality, that dichotomy couldn't be farther from the truth.
Therapists work in public clinics, hospitals, nonprofit organizations, schools, private practices and training institutes. They have a variety of professional training pathways which prepared them to become a therapist. Many are embarking on second (or third) careers after experience in different industries. In short, there is a range of therapists as wide as the range of patients.
So, how to whittle down the list? First I recommend starting with a bit of self-reflection on what type of therapeutic modality you'd like your therapist to work in. Talk therapy is generally referred to as psychotherapy, while more specific behavioral therapies like CBT or DBT are often designated by the therapist or center where they're offered. Some therapists are trained specifically in trauma-focused therapy, or utilize specific techniques like EMDR to work with symptoms. If there's something you'd like to try, do a dedicated search for it.
Next, think about where and when you want to go. It's important to commit to a time and location you'll be able to return to from week to week. Of course things come up and disruptions happen, but therapy works best when it's consistent. If it's easiest to go right after work, find a therapist near your office.
Finally, and most importantly, be aware of how you feel when you meet with a therapist. It's natural to feel nervous, especially when meeting someone for the first time. After the initial stress goes away, do you feel comfortable and safe to express yourself? Do you get feedback from them that feels helpful and relevant? Check in with your physical experience as well as your mental experience - what's your posture or body language saying about the way you feel in the room?
These are all suggestions to help get you in the door, but the real work happens once a therapist-patient relationship starts. I recommend that clients always share how they feel about the relationship - if something I say to them doesn't land or make sense, ask for clarification or simply say no. If there's something that needs to change in order for you to feel more comfortable, ask for it. While a therapist may have a certain credential or academic degree, you are the expert in your own life.