After earning a BA with honors in Psychology from Fairfield University, I completed a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University with a specialization in Health Psychology. It was my lifelong passion to work in mind/body healthcare, so this career is literally a dream come true.
Following my post-doctoral work at Tufts University I started a private practice in Boston, Massachusetts with the intention of providing counseling the way I’d like it done for myself- in a real, straightforward, and practical way. After about 6 years, I decided to return to my home state of New York with the intention of seeking more opportunities to get quality mental healthcare to more people.
Now, with almost 15 years in private practice, I can truly say the experience has been a gift. From my time writing a column for Health Magazine, to contributing for Oprah and various other publications, to supporting corporations during the pandemic, I’ve learned so much that helps inform my individual work as a therapist. Pairing that with continuous learning, such as the Somatic Experiencing training, I’m always looking for more ways to creatively help each of my clients.
My philosophy as a clinician is simple: be a real person and apply as much evidence-based knowledge as possible to create a personalized and holistic approach. Sessions are a series of conversations where we discuss tough life situations and find options, solutions, and ways to cope. My goal is give clients tools to navigate life with more ease, build a confident sense of self, and ease any obstacles from the past.
There’s so many things! But if I had to sum them all up, it would be building a life and a business that I’m really proud of.
It’s changed over the years, but when I saw the color of the Mediterranean on my trip to France, that quickly took the top spot.
A really good croissant or old school egg sandwich with an iced decaf americano (you don’t want to deal with me on caffeine!).
I’d likely be working in food in some capacity. Bringing people together and honoring great ingredients is one of the most amazing things!
It’s the most helpful thing ever if you find the right counselor at the right time in your life. If something isn’t feeling right, don’t give up on the process completely.
After receiving a background in Childhood Education, I went on to pursue my Bachelor of Science in psychology with a focus in pre-medical studies. My interest began in the field of pediatric psychiatry, but my curiosity soon led me to mental health counseling. Part of me has always been interested in the experiences that influence human emotions and behaviors and, soon enough, I realized that I wanted to work deeper and more closely with my future clients. I pursued my M.A in Mental Health Counseling, developing my style and therapeutic approaches and gaining experience in a range of environments, from college counseling centers, private practice, and substance abuse programs.
I emphasize safe and inclusive spaces to foster growth and progress and actively integrate that into my work as a therapist. To me, therapy is an individualized practice and each client deserves an approach that is unique and personal to them and their stories. I encourage open communication, so that I not only learn about those I work with, but that I also learn from them and create an environment in which they can learn about themselves. I work from a person-centered approach, meaning, my clients set the tone and I integrate a range of theories, such as Gestalt or CBT, to reach the center of what my clients are working towards.
Spending time with my dog and husband on the weekend. Every weekend, I try to head to the local park or on a hike in upstate New York, since being outside in nature is something that brings me a sense of peace each week.
I’m not particularly great at any of them, but I do love to knit, crochet, and bake. I’m currently in the process of trying to perfect Swiss meringue butter cream (so far, not going so well).
That’s hard to answer, but I think it really comes down to two things, for me: I love learning about my clients, as well as from them; and I love being able to re-frame another person’s experience in a way that makes it easier for them to understand. It’s sort of like re-arranging puzzle pieces so that you can finally see the bigger picture.
Although I’m not a huge fan of the cold, I would say the winter, since it’s the beginning of the holiday season in New York. And to me, there’s nothing better than all of the lights, events, and shopping for gifts.
That it isn’t as scary or as daunting as it seems. Therapy, with the right therapist, can be a great experience and a lot warmer than you may expect.
After earning a BA in Psychology from Tufts University, I initially pursued education in dental medicine, but realized that my passion for connecting with and getting to know my patients was a more natural fit to mental healthcare. I subsequently completed a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling at Fordham University and received training in Beckian CBT through the Beck Institute and under the supervision of Noah Clyman, founder & director of NYC Cognitive Therapy. I have also completed training in Trial Based Cognitive Therapy (TBCT), Mindfulness-based therapies, and Emotionally Focused Therapy.
We all struggle from time to time and it is my goal to truly understand my clients and help them discover untapped strengths so that they can face difficult times with greater ease. My approach to therapy is collaborative and goal-oriented. I offer a supportive environment and individualized approach to help each client reach their full potential. With a background in medicine, education, and psychology, I draw from my diverse experiences to truly connect with my clients. I have a gentle, empathic style and I am truly passionate about helping others work through obstacles in their personal, social, and professional lives
I love to spend time with my kids, bake cakes, and exercise.
I love hearing people's stories and getting to witness a client work through tough times.
Italy. It's all about the food for me!
A great meal and time at the beach.
-That it can be like hanging out with a friend who is your greatest cheerleader!