"As water takes whatever shape it is in, so free may you be about who you become." - John O'Donohue
Here is the part where you determine if I would be a good fit for you. Nothing about therapy is easy. So, I try to and make this part as straightforward as possible! I'll get to my approach and background in a moment but first I'd like to share with you who I'm most successful in helping.
Therapy is a journey, not a quick fix. There are no shortcuts for going inward to heal. Most of my clients understand this and have usually been in therapy before but found it didn't go deep enough and they now feel ready to explore what hasn't been working and why. Many of my clients want to go beyond coping strategies. They want to not only end the cycle of pain they've been carrying but be completely free of it. Like a garden that needs tending, we can ignore the weeds below the surface. Mowing over the grass or trimming edges fixes the aesthetic but does not clear things up, from the inside out.
I can help you take an honest look at what hasn’t worked and then, through a lens of self-compassion begin to explore why. From there we can nurture and heal the parts of yourself that have been ignored or out of alignment.
The majority of clients I work with are women who feel stressed and overwhelmed at different junctures in their life. Outwardly they function quite well but inwardly others might be surprised to know how much they struggle with anxiety, perfectionism and burn-out. My work with clients includes helping them to find their authentic voice, create balance and honor their intuition. Especially during times of transition and change such as pregnancy and postpartum that require more support and self-compassion.
What I know for sure is that we don't always get it 'right'; however, my hope is that, you can find rhythms of rest, balance and be kinder to yourself as a result of our work together. Essentially, that you can find stillness to be in the midst of chaos and the courage to become who you were created to. I'd love to be apart of your journey and help you get started!
My Approach + Background
My approach is practical, compassionate and holistic… (meaning I look at all of the various aspects that lend themselves to what you are bringing into therapy). I am trained as a Marriage and Family Therapist but more often work with clients individually. My training however, helps me look at all the different systems in your life. I am often keeping an eye on which ones can be a support for you, be it community, family or friends. I like to draw from approaches such as: narrative therapy, internal family systems and emotionally focused therapy. I have found these approaches most helpful in addressing the past, identifying what you want in the present and creating a way to get there.
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of New York and a clinical fellow of The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from Iona College and went on to receive a Masters of Science from Iona College's accredited Marriage and Family Therapy program. While studying for my graduate degree I was fortunate enough to train with world renowned therapist Harlene Anderson and receive training from AAMFT seasoned and approved supervisors in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy. I gained extensive experience working for my graduate department's therapy program and for a local non-profit.
Upon graduating with my masters degree, I taught a two part introductory course in Psychology for Iona College's undergraduate program. I've led faith based community workshops on "safe relationships" in affiliation with Trinity Baptist Church in Manhattan. I served as a trauma therapist, working with victims of crime for Westcop (a Westchester non-profit organization) for three years. Most recently, I became a level 1 trained EMDR practitioner.