Hello and welcome…thank you for taking the time to learn more about me and my practice.
Finding the right therapist can be difficult, especially with so many to choose from. While there are many different therapeutic approaches, the most important and effective quality you should look for in a therapist is someone that you feel comfortable with.
Often clients seek help when they are experiencing a great of deal distress and are feeling overwhelmed. My specialties include working with individuals and couples who are successful in many aspects of their lives, but want to improve their relationships, career or work dynamics, or are seeking support in dealing with life transitions, loss, depression or anxiety.
My style is warm, compassionate, and distinctly non-judgmental. I bring energy, commitment and compassion to my work with clients. While I always let my clients do most of the talking, I’m an active participant in the conversation and am not hesitant to offer my perspective or feedback. I facilitate safe therapeutic space in which my clients can explore their relational patterns and create a meaningful narrative of their lives. Within this framework, I aspire to create a therapeutic relationship in which my clients feel authentic, validated, and understood. My approach to psychotherapy is collaborative and active. I aim to work alongside my clients to formulate needs and achievable goals.
Rather than viewing one’s psychological life through the lens of “symptoms” or diagnoses, I prefer instead to look at the whole person, and to understand how our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are consistent with our backgrounds and upbringing. Every client is unique. I believe that no singluar approach meets the varied and unique needs of each client, so I adapt my approach as indicated, often integrating cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative techniques and compassion/mindfulness into treatment.
My role is to support my clients in finding and creating more happiness, peace, and cultivating healthy relationships.
My goal is to help each of my clients build on their personal strengths to feel more grounded, fulfilled, balanced and positive.
I have experience working with a wide range of difficulties and clinical diagnoses. The list below reflects some areas that I have specific expertise:
- Managing Anxiety or Fears
- Anger Management
- Couples Counseling
- Pre-Marital Counseling
- Separation, Divorce, Relationship Transitions
- Coping Skills
- Stress Management
- Relationship Issues
- Life Transitions
- Career Change
- Shame, Guilt, Low Self-Esteem
- Personal Growth
My Clinical Experience
I hold a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mercy College and a Bachelor of Science from Columbia University. Through my rigorous clinical training as well as my professional work as a staff clinician in various Manhattan mental health outpatient settings, I have learned to look at an individual in context to his/her whole system—internal, interpersonal, familial, social, cultural and environmental. I believe a person brings the entirety of his/her experience into treatment and the work will acknowledge these multi-faceted systems, which are constantly at play. I remain committed to the improvement of my clinical skills through continuing education, research and consultation.
I have extensive pre-and post-graduate training in individual, couples, and group psychotherapy. After the completion of my clinical training at the St. Luke’s Child and Family Psychiatry Department, I joined the staff at St. Mark’s Institute for Mental Health, where I treated with individuals, couples and families. In addition, I worked collaboratively with the United States Probation Department’s new Re-Entry Program, treating individuals and conducting CBT-focused group therapy before stepping down to dedicate myself to private practice on a full-time basis. My offices are located in New York City and Mt. Kisco, NY (Westchester County).
I encourage you to contact me if you are looking for assistance with a specific problem and/or would like to find out more detailed information about my experience and background.
- Clinical Member, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
- Member, American Family Therapy Academy
- Member, Women’s Mental Health Consortium (New York City)
- Member, Psi Chi International Psychology Honor Society
- Member, Academy of Cognitive Therapy
- Expert Topic Contributor, Good Therapy Website