Experience a change in ways that you never imagined possible.
Let’s look at where you are struggling. If it’s in relationships, let’s figure out the reason.
You can have better relationships with family, partners, and friends. Being able to set boundaries will help you do that. We need to figure out what is getting in your way.
Are you struggling with your career? Do you need help in finding your inner voice, the one that directed you here? Are you living with depression or anxiety? Let’s find out what is causing these issues.
The goal is to help you see what you are not seeing. How do you get in your way? The intention is to help you be more empowered in your life, less stuck, and ultimately have the confidence you need to handle whatever comes your way.
I want you to learn how to take intelligent risks to grow. Rediscover yourself, claim your power, and change your world.
Therapy helps you find the way back to your true nature.
From birth, we look into our parents’ or caregivers’ eyes, trying to figure out how to meet our needs. We need to be held and loved, fed, and have our diapers changed. And we need to sleep. Expressing these needs is all pre-verbal.
As we learn to adapt to this situation, we can lose parts of ourselves along the way. Therapy is a way to find a way back to who you are, to learn to hear your inner voices.
I believe that wisdom occurs inside all of us. Therapy can help us tap into that part where wisdom resides – the dwelling place of confidence, power, authentication, and the ability to be wise. We can find those parts even if we feel disconnected from them or feel we never had them.
The busyness of our lives keeps us cut off from ourselves. Sometimes, we start to believe that our traumas, challenging relationships, and self-doubt are all of who we are.
We can break down therapy into two essential parts
These parts are insights and new skills.
Insight is about understanding yourself and your patterns better. Looking at your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors provides insight into how your past influences your future. We look at our past not to get stuck in it but to set ourselves free from it. When we understand why we do what we do, it is easier to change those habits.
Learning new skills means changing your relationship with your thoughts and emotions. Examples of skill-building include developing better communication patterns with your partner, learning to speak up for yourself at work, and bringing consciousness to your anger, so you no longer have to act it out unconsciously. These skills also teach you how to trust your choices.
The changes we make in therapy become organic and natural. They become a part of us.
Feelings are always OK.
Many of us have learned in childhood that crying or having feelings is weak, which is not valid.
You can have all of your feelings. They are a part of you and often can be your inner compass.
We need to learn to trust our feelings because they often direct us better than our thoughts, which can confuse us.
We do the work with compassion.
I strive to be compassionate and nonjudgmental to understand and help you truly understand yourself. And I won’t hesitate to point out where you are judging yourself, getting in your way, or taking things away from yourself.
Over time, my goals changed.
Before I became a therapist, I worked in the fashion industry as a textile designer for clothing and home furnishings for about ten years. And though I will always love art, design, and textiles, I started feeling pulled in another direction.
After receiving my own therapy, I wanted to help others. In my early 30s, I decided to go to New York University’s Social Work School.
As a social worker, I worked with the mentally ill and adults and their children. I also worked with people struggling with mental illness and those struggling with substance use disorder. In 2005, I decided to start my private practice.
My approach is holistic.
A part of me always believed there was something beyond talk therapy – a spiritual and body component had been missing. This spiritual component led me to places like Kripalu and Omega Institute and later to study Core Energetics, Internal Family Systems, and Emotional Attachment-Based EMDR.
My focus is helping people with relationships, anxiety and depression, career change issues, and trauma. My clients’ treatment depends on their specific needs because there is no such thing as a one-size-fitting-all in therapy
My holistic approach considers the whole person’s mind, body, and spirit.
I love helping people… and when I’m not working…
I like to spend time in Prospect Park or walk around the neighborhood with my husband and little dog, Mookie. I love going to the Farmers Market and yoga and meditation retreats.