My Approach to Helping
I am a therapist who believes in hope and embraces faith. We will work together to grow in your understanding, releasing past hurts through forgiveness (if necessary) and celebrating courageous new beginnings. For over twenty years I have been privileged to work in the communities of Staten Island and Brooklyn as a social worker. I have worked with the homeless, the addicted, the grieving, assisted the anxious and comforted the dying. I have rejoiced when individuals and couples found renewed connection through skills they learned and sharpened through our work together. My private practice has developed to includes teens, women, and couples who may be anxious, dealing with anger issues, crises of faith as well as relationship stressors.
We will work together to identify your strengths and build upon each victory within the therapeutic process -- however small. Your victory is our victory! Within the therapy I utilize an eclectic mix of modalities: person-centered, strength-based, faith-based, narrative therapy, psycho-education among others. We will utilize attachment theory, personality and temperament assessments, as well as emotional intelligence testing to increase your self-awareness and target appropriate treatment goals. Christian mindfulness ... slowing down to hear the answer ... has been very successful with my clients.
More Info About My Practice
I am an NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years experience in helping, counseling, mentoring and treating individuals. I specialize in Biblical counseling with clients who, upon request, seek a Christian counseling framework through prayer, meditation, discipleship and searching the Bible. Pastors and community members refer individuals who are in emotional pain and together we work towards healing and resolution. I am a trained facilitator for the PrepareEnrich Couples Assessment and Treatment for pre-marital and marriage counseling. I am a Licensed Pastoral Counselor and coming in 2019 I will incorporate my Board Certification Christian Life Coach credential into the practice. It's an exciting time to be a helper.
My Role as a Therapist
What does the counseling process look like with me? My counseling philosophy is that we each have responsibilities and roles within the therapeutic relationship:
My role as therapistcounselor is to listen and try to understand your story. I will ask questions and at times, take notes.
Your role as counselee is to show up expecting and trusting the process, be open and honest and then ...
Together we have some responsibilities in common:
Confidentiality, to be discussed at first session.
Learning new skills
Therapy is teamwork.
In between sessions we each will process information shared, have assignments and work towards a goal. I love what I do and I love seeing people step into their goals, successes, and insights.
What I Usually Need to Know to Help
During our initial session I will be asking you to give me a picture of who you are, which includes what brings you to therapy at this time; if you've had any prior experience with therapy; your physical health, your family and social connectedness, your family of origin, your work, and any other information that may help us to form a complete picture of influence. All of this information is collected because no one is an island. We are all a product of family, education, intellect, temperament, genes, past experiences and these factors influence who we are and our choices.