People want to know a few things about their therapist before making their first appointment. The questions that I have learned tend to matter the most to people are:
Do you get what I’m going through?
I love working with people with anxiety because I was a young person with anxiety. I know firsthand how much anxiety sucks.
I also know for a fact that it is possible to feel better and live life without fears running the show.
While your path will be unique and yours to walk, I want you to know that I’ve done this work, too. If you ask me a question about anxiety and mental health, I can give you the textbook and research answers, because I’m obsessed with learning about psychology and the brain; but perhaps more importantly, I will also give you answers of substance, peppered with stories and real examples.
Can you help me make things better?
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; intensive mental health treatment within special education programs; and most recently, several years as a private practice owner.
I’ve learned a lot about things that tend to cause people and families pain. I’ve also learned what helps make things better. I am not a “nod and smile” therapist. You can count on me to roll up my sleeves and go all in on this journey with you as we work together to help you feel better.
My therapeutic style: We keep it real around here. I am honest and direct. In addition, warmth and compassion are also two things you will always get from me. I am truly here to support you, listen to you, and cheerlead for you.
I absolutely love what I do, and it is the greatest honor and privilege of my life to be a therapist.
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 (60 hours 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.
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