How can therapy help you?
This is a very strange and scary time we are all currently going through. We are facing uncertainty about the future, financial stress, isolation, loneliness and loss as we are trying our best to adjust to the impact of this COVID-19 pandemic. It may be difficult to prioritize our mental health with all the other practical problems we face on a daily basis, but the health of our mind may be our most valuable asset to managing our well being as we continue to face the challenges ahead. Our bodies simply did not evolve to deal with this level of social isolation, which is why so many of us are struggling with anxiety and depression right now; this has been a major shock to the system. In my therapy practice I help people develop new ways to manage their emotions, cope with the anxiety of uncertainty and continue to improve and maintain valuable relationships. I am also offering video sessions (telehealth therapy) as we continue to practice social distancing.
Many of us may also be struggling with issues that are completely unrelated to this current pandemic and may be even a little sick and tired of talking about it. Throughout my career I have specialized in the treatment of depression, social anxiety, panic disorder and relationship issues for young adults. You can ignore the psycho-babble jargon. We all have points in our life where we feel stuck, confused and unmotivated and we all have things that make us nervous or uncomfortable and prevent us from getting what we want out of life. I offer a supportive environment to explore these issues and challenge people to make the changes they want to see in their life. Continue below if you'd like to get to know more about me.
I was born and raised right here on Long Island, and have been living here most of my life. I am a die hard Mets and Jets fan (unfortunately), and while I understand there are much more important issues at hand right now, I can't pretend I don't miss sports. I'm also a huge Seinfeld and Curb fan and I may reference them a little too often in session. I tend to use a lot of metaphors in therapy and have a tendency to let the expletives fly from time to time. I have a pretty informal and relaxed style. This is not a job interview, so I want my clients to feel as free as possible to say exactly what is on their mind, even if it isn't "appropriate." We all have weird thoughts and sometimes these weird thoughts and inappropriate language gives us insight to how we are truly feeling inside.
I graduated from St. John's University with a Bachelor's in Psychology, and went on to complete my Master's of Social Work at Adelphi University here on Long Island. In my first job after grad school I worked as a social worker in a psychatric ER/inpatient unit in a rural area in Upstate New York that was lacking mental health services. After three years upstate, I came back down closer to home in Brooklyn, where I worked on an Assertive Community Team; providing therapeutic services to homeless individuals with serious and persistent mental illness.
For the past two years I have been working with a private group practice in Brooklyn and Manhattan, helping young adults struggling with anxiety, social phobia, panic disorder, depression, life adjustment problems and relationship issues. Through my experience I have done away with specific and rigid therapeutic models, and utilize a more open and flexible approach. Therapy is very individual by nature and I find that building a trusting relationship is more valuable than any particular model. With trust and comfort comes a freer and more open dialogue, which makes exploration and change much easier. I do take from a variety of modalities including CBT, mindfulness, psychodynamic, humanistic and existential psychology.