What is your main goal when working with a client?
My goal is to help clients flourish in all areas of his/her world.
What is your approach and what methods do you employ?
I value people. I care deeply for each of my clients because I believe that people grow and change when they are loved well. Loving well is complicated and messy, so building a relationship is the core of my practice. In my office, the client is the expert on his/her journey, not me. I know that before coming to counseling, he/she has already spent countless hours traveling. I would not want to belittle him/her by offering quick fixes or minimizing experiences. I think of myself as a fellow traveler, who brings encouragement, honesty, and a thoughtful curiosity. I carry hope when it is lost, creativity to overcome roadblocks, and vision for the road ahead.
In order to best care for the client, I use an eclectic approach that draws from theories, such as Family Systems, Gestalt, Adlerian, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
What age groups do you most often work with?
I work with all ages. I particularly enjoy my work with adolescents and young women.
Are you passive or active in the session, what can a client typically expect sessions to be like while working with you?
My desire is to build a quality and authentic relationship with each client. I want my client to feel completely known and valued as a person. As I said before, I am not the expert, but rather an active and engaged fellow traveler, who asks questions to increase the client’s awareness of self and intentionality in relationships.
What is your background and what are your credentials?
I have a master’s degree in counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary. Before becoming a counselor, I was a teacher in the NYC public school system. I have experience working with individuals, couples, and families. I have also led therapeutic groups for women, struggling marriages, and at-risk youth. I am a certified Prepare-Enrich provider.
What is the reason you decided to get into counseling?
While teaching, I witnessed how relationships have the power to create and restore brokenness. As a teacher, my involvement in a student’s life was very limited. I decided to become a counselor because I wanted to work more personally with young people and their families in order to help them heal wounds and build more healthy relationships.
Tell us about your education.
I received my B.S. in Music Education from New York University and my M.A. in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary.