I am a Licensed Master of Social Work, certified in Trauma and Telehealth. I arrived in this role through my passion for the field of education and learning. I experienced my own trauma and loss when I was in high school. With the support of many caring school faculty and staff, I moved forward, and my resilience grew. Ultimately, I decided to pursue teaching to give back to the next generations.
After beginning my teaching career, I quickly realized that academia did not serve students by helping them to develop life skills. There was no one educating them about the emotional aspects of life. Although my students were learning how to read, write and solve mathematical problems, they lacked the knowledge they needed to deal with real life; how to cope with the emotional, psychological and social aspects of becoming a contented and fulfilled human
It was that insight that led me to to realize what I had a passion for; to help people develop their emotional intelligence. So, I obtained my Masters Of Social Work at SUNY/Stony Brook University. I started the path towards becoming a therapist and worked within traditional and alternative school settings, residential settings, and non-profit organizations.
I have worked with clients of all ages; however, I have extensive experience in working with adolescents and their families.I utilize evidence-based practices to treat issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, phobias, interpersonal and relationship challenges, low self-esteem, sexuality, and life adjustments. I strive to help my clients build healthy coping skills, improve self-esteem, and empower them to reach their mental health goals. I do this by assisting clients in articulating connections between thoughts, feelings, and actions to understand better where they have been and what direction they now wish to go.
While changing behaviors and feelings is always tricky, it is never something that we need to face alone. I know that coming to therapy and making the commitment to show up for themselves every week requires strength from my clients. Therefore, I strive to help them get the most out of their experience. Together, we create a wellness plan specific to each individual (which I believe is the utmost priority.
My passion for helping others shines through with authenticity and compassion. My clients find emotional fulfillment, success in relationships, and develop more confidence to grow. I welcome the experience of walking alongside my clients and respect their commitment to change.
MSW • MAY 2017 • STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY
BA • AUGUST 2001-MAY 2014 • SUNY CORTLAND