Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Solution-focused
My kindergarten teacher once told my mother that I was the “social worker of the class." All my life, listening and caring has come naturally to me. I’ve always been dedicated to helping others feel better and achieve their goals. After I got my undergraduate degree, I ended up managing clinical research trials at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA. The element I thrived on was providing support and listening to my patients. This experience confirmed my desire to become a social worker. I love listening to people’s life stories and truly enjoy getting to know all my clients.
For over 14 years, I have worked in academic medical institutions in a variety of clinical settings. I am drawn to help those suffering from illness, as the issues are unique and family dynamics complicated. Additionally, I have always maintained a small private practice to help those battling anxiety, depression weight issues, and work and relationships problems. I believe that beyond supportive counseling, one needs to build a useful toolkit to navigate stressful situations and the emotions of life. My clinical approach is direct, interactive, and gentle with active listening. I will help you to better appreciate yourself, and how to best utilize your talents to navigate the difficult world around us and achieve your goals.
My process of working with a client always starts with an intake session. I take detailed history of your life to understand your past, present and future goals. This is to help facilitate a holistic approach, as I place a lot of value on knowing your environment, lifestyle and all the parts that make up you. I base my sessions off of three core principles: support, compassion and skills to cope with life stressors. My sessions are client-driven. Since your life is ever-changing, the topic of the session can change; therefore we are always adapting in a collaborative process. Most often, I do give things to practice between sessions to reinforce our work together and practice new coping skills. I adapt these assignments to your style, but the goal is always to keep you engaged in the therapeutic process. I specialize in seeing male and female clients between the ages of 18-40. I strive to work with any barriers that my clients have to therapy to make it possible, as I see it as a vital self-care tool.
I grew up in a very non-traditional family structure (think big cars and Siamese cats), with older parents who appreciated practical life skills and real world experience. This fostered my ability to communicate and relate to people from all backgrounds, ages and intelligence. I have always been fortunate enough to attend multicultural school systems in large cities rich in diversity. This exposure has crafted me into an open, down to earth and accepting clinician. I feel these qualities are paramount for my clients to easily and comfortably able to open up to me on any issue.
MSW - Social Work, Columbia University
Outside of work I exercise regularly, study astrology and give tarot card readings.
I try to move my body daily. I enjoy spin, weight training, swimming and pilates. Movement helps so much with mood and it's time when I can tune everything out and focus on myself.
Lind Goodman Sun Signs. It is truly the bible of astrology.
I recharge by taking the last hour of the day to be screen free and read an actual book. Being off of screens is a way to get away from it all and get a good nights sleep which is vital to mental health.
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