Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
I work with creative people using creative techniques to help you feel better.
I started my career working with unemployed adults, providing counseling and referrals. From there, I transitioned to working with older adolescents and adults involved in the criminal justice system, managing a supportive internship program, helping people prepare for interviews and providing one-on-one and group therapy. As a side project, I taught yoga and meditation at Riker’s Island to sentenced inmates. I hold a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Hunter College with a clinical focus; during my time there I studied the ways that trauma manifests in the body and how changing our body’s positioning can help shift our emotional state. My research also included an exploration of power and privilege, a concept that I'm committed to exploring with clients. I also have training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. In my spare time I practice yoga and meditation, which play an important role in my clinical work.
In my professional life, I’ve worked with many people in therapy for the first time. I’ve become adept at creating a safe environment and building trust with people who are apprehensive about the process. I’m a patient and empathetic listener, but I don’t shy away from offering feedback and respectful challenges. I often utilize mindfulness techniques such as breath work and body awareness exercises to look for clues about unconscious feelings. I like to collaboratively create assignments between sessions to test out new techniques, which can help progress go faster and change be more enduring.