My work with clients addresses therapeutic issues including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, issues of identity, work-life balance, and substance use. I have specialized, extensive experience working with trauma, including interpersonal violence, sexual assault, military combat, and natural disasters. Utilizing trauma-informed care, I strive to create an empathic space, free of judgement where one can share openly and heal from their experiences.
I believe every individual encounters unique challenges in their life. My therapeutic approach takes an integrative stance drawing from psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral principles, and incorporates mindfulness-based practices, according to the unique needs and goals of each person. I use warmth, humor, and practicality to foster insight and enable positive change. I encourage my clients to explore and give voice to experiences and feelings they may be struggling to understand and describe.
Though I’m a born and raised New Yorker, I received my doctorate and master’s degrees in Counseling Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I have worked in a variety of settings and locations including hospitals and community mental health clinics ranging from New York City to rural Appalachia. Prior to coming to SelfWorks, I worked at the Manhattan VA. Regardless of the setting, I strive to provide culturally competent therapy to individuals of all sociocultural identities and believe in the importance of understanding how systems outside of the individual can influence one’s understanding of themselves.