“In any given moment, we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.” — Abraham Maslow
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York
I love exploring the relationship between thoughts, behaviors, and emotions, and I love helping my clients understand how that triangle impacts their lives. I can help you identify maladaptive thoughts or behaviors that are causing you distress, offering a structured approach tailor-made for you. Together we can identify deep-seeded beliefs that could affecting your current thoughts and behaviors. By becoming aware of your thoughts and feelings, you can exercise more control over them.
My career as a therapist is built on a psychodynamic foundation, meaning I place the importance of the therapeutic relationship above all else. It is within this relationship, between myself and the individual, where the trust forms and where the work starts. I work hard to create a safe environment so that we can explore whatever fears or thoughts my client would like to discuss. Skills that are practiced within the session can then be applied to the client's personal life.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is the best of both the cognitive behavioral world and mindfulness meditations. I use ACT techniques with clients to help them embrace the full spectrum of the human experience, without judgement or fear. Too often we attempt to manage distressing feelings by avoiding them, when in reality we need to learn how to accept and embrace them. I can help you learn to do this, which in turn will help you create a rich and meaning life.
Depression is a dark poison that eats away at you and lies to you. It tells you that you are not good enough, that nothing is worth it, and there is no hope. I can help you find that hope, and come up with ways to battle back the depression. Depression does not have to dominate your life, and we can work to uncover your strengths so that the depression fades away.
Anxiety is one of the most common reasons why people seek therapy. I will work with you to figure out where the anxiety is coming from, and what we can do to alleviate it. Some individuals enjoy a structured approach that includes cognitive therapy, others find it more helpful to practice mindfulness or meditation techniques. Whichever you gravitate towards, I can help guide you along the way.
I am aware of the taboo that surrounds talking about having suicidal thoughts, and I firmly believe that is part of the problem. We need to be able to express what is going on in our head, even if it feels dark and scary. Together, we can address these thoughts and figure out a game plan to help quiet them. You'd be amazed how helpful it can be to simply talk about them in safe and nonjudgemental environment.