First, take a deep breath and give yourself credit. Getting this far has taken a lot of courage and personal strength!
Now, let me tell you a little about my philosophy.
I am a strong believer in the power of talk. Talking heals. Many people shy away from connecting with a therapist because they feel they have plenty of support from friends, family, and even co-workers - why would they need a therapist? While I agree that the support from loved ones is essential to a happy and healthy life, the benefit of a counselor is having an uninvolved ear, an unbiased, and non-judgmental person who can help the individual look at their life in ways a friend or family member may not be able to within the scope of a personal relationship. I have always felt that the relationship between client and therapist has the potential to be one of the most positive an empowering ones for an individual. Whether you want to talk about your childhood, your current life situation, or make plans and set goals for your future, I can promise you a warm, caring environment and empathetic ear.
I specialize in helping individuals navigate the difficult transitions we all find ourselves in throughout our lives - whether it is relationships, social stress, education or career changes, or personal matters. I have extensive experience working with LGBTQQIA+ people who may not feel they are getting the ideal support they need to fully feel safe and understood in their own personal journey. I also specialize in working with individuals who struggle with anxiety and worry, helping clients to identify triggers to panic, anxiety, and stress and develop healthy coping skills to navigate everyday life. I work with those struggling with generalized anxiety that permeates everyday tasks, panic disorders that disrupt and distress, and OCD, an anxiety disorder that manifests in obsessions and compulsions. My Master's degrees in psychology and social work put me in a unique position to be able to help clients identify both emotional and social triggers that may be impacting their ability to manage and cope with unpleasant feelings and unhelpful behaviors.
I also work closely with survivors of trauma and abuse process their experiences and regain mastery of their lives and bodies. I have extensive experience in treating trauma in adults, adolescents, and young children. I work with the survivor and their non-offending family members to help rebuild control, confidence, support, and a healthy sense of self. I am trained in a modality called CPP (Child Parent Psychotherapy) which focuses on rebuilding healthy attachment between parent and child - elements of this modality are essential when helping a young child process their trauma and re-establish a safe connection with a loving caregiver. I also provide EMDR therapy which is a trauma specific modality that works to support the brain in reprocessing traumatic events or experiences and relieves distress by encouraging healthy adaptive processing.
Another passion of mine is child development and parenting. Both of my degrees had a specialization focusing on child development and mental health of little ones. I have worked closely with parents of young children and young families who present with concerns regarding tantrums, boundaries, listening to rules (or not listening!), time out vs. time in, appropriate punishments and discipline, and so much more. I work together with parents to develop a "tool box" of skills and techniques to parent in a productive, peaceful, and happy way. Throughout my career working at clinics, trauma programs, and community counseling centers I have run groups focused on successful and balanced parenting, groups specifically focused on parenting skills, as well as groups for children and teens. Whatever you're going through with your little one, I've supported parents through it before and can do the same for you!
I believe in teamwork in setting goals and reaching them. You are not alone and you are important - I work with my clients to help them establish tools and coping skills that feel comfortable and in line with who they are as individuals. You have the resilience and strength to overcome any obstacle and I will be there every step of the way of your journey. If you are ready to embark on living your best life but feel you may need a little extra support, I can help!
I possess a clinical license from New York State to practice social work and psychotherapy. I hold a Master's degree from Adelphi University in social work with a focus on trauma treatment as well as a second Master's in psychology and child development. I feel that having both degrees puts me in a unique position as a clinician as it allows me to pull from a range of theory as well as educational and clinical practice experiences to best collaborate with clients to achieve the ideal treatment plan to meet their goals.
I am trained in the following modalities:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)