My Approach to Helping
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor located in New York City who enjoys working with adults who struggle to cope with the enormous stressors that they face in their daily lives. These stressors include relationship conflicts, pressure to achieve at work, and constant fear of not being enough. Many of my clients struggle with self-criticism, which looks like believing that they aren’t worth love, comfort, or success. Sometimes, these harmful negative thoughts can turn into mental health conditions like anxiety or depression. I help clients unwind these thought patterns and explore the reasons behind their beliefs.
In my work with clients, I utilize several therapy modalities, however the first several sessions are spent in getting to know my clients, their backgrounds, support networks, and their current struggles. Through these conversations, we can build a strong rapport in the form of trust. From there, I teach my clients elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and psychodynamic therapy. Clients practice effective coping skills to use when they begin to engage with negative thoughts or feelings. They grow their feelings of confidence and self-efficacy, with myself celebrating your progress along the way. The environment that I create in sessions is a relaxed and down-to-earth environment that is free of judgment.
I earned my Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Fordham University and am also a credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselor and a certified trauma professional. I have extensive experience working in community mental health in New York City and am passionate about providing accessible mental health services to all, no matter their life situation.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
My primary specializations include working with adults struggling with anxiety, depression, addiction, and anger issues. I am also able to help adults who are experiencing trauma & PTSD, grief & loss, life transitions, and relationship issues.
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
Yes unfortunately. I had worked with a therapist that was judgmental of my personal life situation on the first session with them. I have used that experience as a guide for what not to do. When working with clients, I think that it is important to not be judgmental but instead empathetic, present, and supportive. Everyone comes from a different life experience and it is vital to seek to understand where my client is coming from.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
I would say that the most important factor when choosing a therapist is if you are able to feel comfortable with them. I think that the relationship that occurs in the therapeutic space in many ways is more important that the actual technique. In my work with clients, I think that it is important that time is spent on developing rapport. I know for myself, I would not feel comfortable divulging my deepest thoughts and feelings to someone that I do not feel comfortable with. One of the best ways to find out if you have a rapport with a therapist is to reach out to them and speak with them by phone. See if you feel a connection and go for it!
Some other factors would include the reason why you are seeking therapy. For example, with someone who is experiencing perhaps an eating disorder, it is crucial to seek out a therapist that is highly skilled in working within this realm. Therefore, finding out their training (whether formal or experienced-based) also is crucial in identifying if a particular therapist is the right match for you.