Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i), Couples [Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (ICBT)], Couples [The Gottman Method], Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Harm Reduction, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution-focused, Strengths-based
Together, we will complete an intake process to explore your history as well as current events that led you to seek treatment. From there, we will explore a goal or two that you would like to work toward. Throughout the clinical process, we will explore and discuss achievements, milestones, and progress.
I like to use a reflective process to ensure you feel as though you are benefiting from sessions. We will engage in some exercises to facilitate discussions and an exploration of growth and development.
I genuinely enjoy working with diverse groups of people and age ranges. I started my career working in a therapeutic foster care agency in the South Bronx. This is where the foundation of my practice began. From there, I worked in a hospital setting that was directly related to community outreach. Simultaneously, I worked for an outpatient mental health clinic, providing individual, couples, and family therapy.
I am very person-centered and develop genuine connections with my clients in order to create a sense of safety and trust while navigating their reason for coming to treatment. I am very personable and will use humor at times to humanize the client’s experience.
BSW - Social Work, Eastern Connecticut State University
MSW - Social Work, Fordham University
Initially when I was in college, I thought I would take the route of being a guidance counselor, but as my education went on, I realized this would limit me to working with one specific population and I loved the idea of being able to work with different ages, races, cultural backgrounds, and needs. I researched and loved the idea of social work as you could work anywhere and in any environment. Through school, I realized I was never good at math or science or history, but it was something about human studies that I developed a passion for. I realized that I had the ability to connect with people on all levels and I loved building this connection and being able to help someone in need.
One thing I do to support my mental and emotional well being is taking a few minuets for myself each day for mindfulness practices, meditation, reflection, gratitude, or peace to re-center myself. I feel like these short moments allow me to re-energize myself and walk back into the hustle and bustle of life more grounded.
I am a big proponent of self-care and being able to take the time for yourself to do things that you really enjoy. I am always looking for an adventure and like to travel locally. I love seasonal activities such as apple picking, camping, all the Holidays, and spending time with family and friends. I like to curl up on the couch with a glass of wine and watch a good show or go for a walk and do mindfulness meditation practices. I use all of the coping skills I teach in order to make sure that I also have a balance of work and life.
Growing up, we were a big dog family. I had one Boston Terrier for almost 17 years, whose name was Hoochie (named after Turner and Hooch). After Hoochie passed we got a boxer puppy named Ginger. She passed away about a year or so ago. My brother and sisters also have dogs who I have adopted as my own. I have always found comfort and compassion with all of our dogs and feel as though they can really be a therapeutic resource for us. They bring new energy and a lightness to what can sometimes be a darker world.
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