Most people want to know a few things about their therapist before making their first appointment. The main questions that end up really mattering to people are:
- Do you get what I’m going through?
- Can you help me make things better?
I specialize in working young people with anxiety, because I was a young person with anxiety. I know firsthand that the process of tackling the beast of anxiety is definitely not easy- and I also know that possible to find healing.
My style of therapy balances both warmth and honest feedback. I sincerely believe that it is important for a therapist to be real with their clients. If you ask me a question, I will give you an answer of substance. In order for me to be effective as your therapist, it is important to bring personality to our work together. This differs from other approaches where therapist presence is less acknowledged in the counseling process. This means that I’m not a blank slate- I’m a person too, and I believe that the best healing occurs in context of a really genuine therapeutic alliance. In essence, you’ll get less of “and how does that make you feel?” and more of “Damn. Things are hard right now. Let’s tackle this thing together.”
I take my work as a therapist extremely seriously. It’s important for me to both “talk the talk” and “walk the walk.” The strategies that I suggest to you to improve your mental health about are things that I consistently practice outside of sessions. I do not pull coping skills out of a book to share with you that I don’t believe in and implement myself. My personal and professional life are sincerely dedicated to a lifelong journey of learning about ways to improve mental health and wellness. Put simple, I really love what I do.
The less exciting stuff (but things that you should know):
I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology from Le Moyne College in 2011 and my master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Syracuse University in 2014. I went on to complete the requirements for New York State Licensure and am qualified to practice independently as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I have received extensive formal training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Trauma Systems Therapy. I have implemented mindfulness training as another core component of my therapy practice.
I have worked in the helping profession in a variety of roles and settings since 2010, including: youth residential treatment facilities; foster care; outpatient substance abuse; and intensive mental health treatment within special education programs.
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Watch carefully the magic that occurs when you give a person just enough comfort to be themselves.Atticus Poetry