Hey there! Getting to know me is just as important as me getting to know you. I look forward to connecting with you! I am a New York transplant, originally from eastern North Carolina. I received my undergraduate degree in Social Work at Western Carolina University, and my Masters of Social Work (MSW) at The University of South Carolina. My clinical interests include treating anxiety, trauma, self-esteem and working with individuals who have chronic health conditions. I have experience with a variety of populations, ranging from children to adolescents to young adults, as well as families as a whole. My clinical career began with in-home therapy to NYC families who risked foster care placement. Prior to opening my practice, I worked as the Director of Social Work at New York City's only pediatric nursing home for young people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to my education, I’ve received extensive training in trauma work and utilize various therapeutic models, with an emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT). I believe that therapy works best when it is a collaborative process, which starts with the mutual trust between the therapist and the client. I work to bring a warm, honest, supportive and direct approach into sessions and hope to create a safe and comfortable environment for each client I see. I encourage you to reach out if you’re ready to schedule a session, need some reassurance that I’ll be a good match for you, or have any questions about my practice. I want to make this process easy for you, and will do what I can to ensure that you’re comfortable and ready to move forward.
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My favorite part of being a therapist is celebrating a client do a hard thing.We do not do this enough. I love celebrating the good stuff, but I also love celebrating the hard stuff. This is where growth happens.
I have worked in a variety of fields before going into private practice. In fact, I still work in the nonprofit world in addition to seeing clients at my practice. I have worked with schools, foster care prevention programs, counseling for adults who have intellectual disabilities and within the pediatric/young adult HIV/AIDS community.
I try to describe therapy as going to the gym. It is one of those things you hope will make you feel better and will help you see results, however, getting there is sometimes the hardest part. Like finding the right gym, finding the right therapist may take some time. You may want to shop around a bit. No therapy is an immediate fix, so don't be too hard on yourself. Focus on how you feel when you leave your first session and go with your gut.
For as long as I can remember, I have always been a helper. I come from a family of social workers, teachers and nurses. Becoming a social worker felt so natural, and I have loved the versatility of people that I have been able to work with and support.
I am 100% myself in sessions. I believe that the most important factor of success in therapy is the relationship between the client and the therapist.