Hello + My Approach
"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 take the guesswork out of this piece and make it 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. 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, so they can not just end the cycle of pain they've been carrying but be completely free of it. Many of the clients I work with are women who feel stressed and overwhelmed. Outwardly they function quite well, but inwardly others would be surprised to know how much they struggle with perfectionism and getting it right. Much of my work with clients includes helping them to: find their authentic voice, honor their intuition and work through times of transition and change that require support and self-compassion such as: pregnancy and parenthood.
My approach is grounding, restorative and practical and my therapeutic style is present and engaged, meaning I don't just smile and nod! I work from a holistic perspective focusing on the whole person: mind, body and spirit. There are ways we learn to cope with pain that often re-occur during times of transition. I help individuals and couples honor their intuition and identify what they feel and why. I use a narrative approach, meaning, we all have stories about ourselves and others and sometimes the narratives we have keep us stuck. I help clients by integrating painful past stories into more helpful narratives that inform their current 'story'. I ultimately believe that YOU are the hero of your own story and that my role is that of a guide. I am not an expert of you, you are. For those that share a Christian faith, we can integrate your beliefs into our work which brings in a powerful element to healing.
What I know for sure is that you won't always get it 'right'; however, my hope is that, you will 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 and the courage to become. I'd love to be apart of your journey and help you get started!
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.