Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Harm reduction, Motivational interviewing (MI), Psychodynamic, Solution-focused, Strengths-based
I am a licensed clinical social worker focused on treating adults who are managing life transitions, relationships, depression, and anxiety. I specialize in LGBTQ individuals and strive to create an affirming space.
Since gaining my master’s degree in social work, I have been an individual therapist, done home visits for abused and neglected kids, and worked at a hospital for years. I have experience in medical conditions, death and dying, and difficult family dynamics. I am a strengths-based therapist who wants to learn about clients' lives and be able to help them gain larger perspectives about themselves in the world. I like to utilize mindfulness, CBT, and psychodynamic practices in our work.
MSW - Silberman School of Social Work, CUNY Hunter College
Training - Suicide Assessment Risk
As a child who grew up in a traumatic environment, I learned that I never wanted others to feel the way I did. Once I reached college, I focused on psychology and counseling to gain more of an understanding of my past. I graduated from college and knew I wanted to be a therapist but felt young and sheltered being in Oregon. I moved to New York City to gain a bigger worldview and get exposed to a diverse city.
My interests typically revolve around activities that make me feel grounded and engaged. I like to go running on the water, walk the dog to Central Park, and go have dinner with my husband.
I am a big believer in taking a nap! I try to build in time for an hour a day to close my eyes and recharge so I can remain focused. I also take the dog for long walks that he decides the path, so I never now where we will go.
I loved the book Running with Scissors, by Augusten Burroughs which is a memoir about trauma. As a person who grew up with trauma I am always drawn to other stories about hard subjects. As a result of reading the first book by him, I have since read everything he has written.
I think my favorite organization is the Samaritan's suicide hotline. As a former volunteer, I have firsthand knowledge of how this organization helps and the lives it touches.
I recharge by building in alone time where I can be quiet in my own space every day.
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