Bio and Information
I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself and offer a little bit about my therapeutic approach and training. I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and hold a Master’s of Science in Social Work from Columbia University. I also completed a Post-Master’s Fellowship in child/adolescent mental health evaluation and treatment at the Yale Child Study Center. I work with adult woman and men, adolescents, couples, and families seeking assistance with issues of anxiety, depression, stress management, trauma/PTSD, grief/loss and interpersonal/relational challenges. My goal is to create a warm, collaborative and supportive space in which clients feel safe to engage fully in the therapeutic process.
I offer an integrated counseling approach which draws upon mindfulness-based psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapies, attachment theory and existential psychotherapy. My work is grounded in a systemic/holistic perspective which considers issues in context of the larger systems at play in individual’s lives: both internal (physiological, psychological, cognitive, and spiritual) and external (intergenerational family, social, cultural and political). I believe in a mind-body-spirit approach to wellness and am thrilled to be able to refer clients in-house to VTCYT’s therapeutic yoga instructors, bodyworkers and dieticians.
Therapy can be as much about finding more ease and joy in one’s life as it is about reducing symptoms and suffering. Self-limiting cognitive, behavioral, emotional and sensorimotor (gestures/postures) tendencies often stand in the way of fully engaging in relationships (with self/others) and in the present moment. Bringing non-judgmental attention and awareness to these patterns allows us the freedom to replace reactivity with mindful responding. Some benefits of therapy may include becoming unstuck from old patterns; finding compassion, understanding and acceptance for all parts of ourselves; becoming more fully present, engaged and attuned in the important relationships in our lives and enjoying a greater overall sense of balance.
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change” Carl Rogers