People want to know a few things about their therapist before making their first appointment. The questions that end up really mattering are:
- Do you get what I’m going through?
- Can you help me make things better?
I love working with 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.
I also know that it is possible to feel better and live life without fears running the show.
The strategies that we talk about in sessions 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 simply, I really love what I do!
The best therapy takes place when you can unabashedly be yourself.
Life is messy, and this messiness tends to show up in therapy too. Embrace that! It’s okay to wrap yourself in the blanket when you arrive at my office, kick your shoes off, and raid my candy bowl before we get started. If you need sob into a pillow first before we start talking, you can totally do that.
You spend all day filtering yourself, and you don’t have to do that in here. My office is a space where you can say all of the ugly shit that you are usually too embarrassed to say out loud. Telling our story is the ultimate way to heal and move toward a life of emotional freedom.
Sometimes I wear sparkly sneakers and jeans to work.
I also have a purple mug with a unicorn on it that you will most likely see me drinking from. I love working with young people because it inspires me to be fun and have fun. Play, creativity, and embracing the little things that bring us joy is essential for both children and adults.
With that said, I take my work as a therapist extremely seriously. Holding space for others to share about the things that mean the most to them is the greatest privilege of my life, and I treat my role as a therapist with great respect and reverence.
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 (through Linehan Behavioral Tech Institute at Columbia University) 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.
If you have questions or would like to connect more about the therapy process, leave me a message below.
Watch carefully the magic that occurs when you give a person just enough comfort to be themselves.Atticus Poetry