Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MA
I am a licensed clinical psychotherapist (LCSW) with extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults coping with a wide variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, challenging life circumstances, transitions, relationship issues, and trauma.
I am a born-and-raised New Yorker and a Brooklyn resident with an early background in fashion and the arts. I received my BA from Purchase College where I wrote my thesis on women and mental illness. I graduated from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College with a master’s degree in clinical social work and a specialization in Health and Mental Health. Prior to opening my private practice, I spent six years providing mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults in schools and through private agencies.
While my orientation is primarily psychodynamic, I believe in treating each patient as an individual. I draw from many different treatment modalities in order to help patients better understand themselves and develop skills to cope with anxiety, stress, depression, and other emotional pressures. I have experience with a wide variety of patients, but I have developed a specialty in the treatment of adolescent girls and young women.
I strive to create a safe and welcoming environment where patients can talk openly and freely without fear of judgment. In this space patients can reflect on their experiences in order to better understand themselves, work towards their goals, and ultimately increase enjoyment of life. I take a collaborative approach in developing the right plan for an effective treatment for each individual. Many people find that therapy is an asset to managing personal growth and interpersonal relationships. Therapy also provides hope when circumstances can feel hopeless.
In addition to my general practice and as a result of many years of clinical experience, I have developed an area of expertise in working with adolescent girls and women around issues such as self-esteem, breaking unhealthy relationship patterns, body positivity, and processing traumatic life experiences.
Adolescence can be a period of turmoil as the adolescent separates from their family and seeks to find their own identity. This separation may strain the relationship between parent and child and acting-out behavior can occur in a variety of settings and ways. Some adolescents may become withdrawn and isolated while others become rebellious. Regardless of the ways it manifests, they are all going through a complicated stage of life and bringing their families along for the ride. In my work I strive to build a strong therapeutic relationship with the adolescent patient while keeping the avenues of communication open with their parents to ensure their inclusion in treatment.