I was first introduced to therapy when I was eleven years old and had just started middle school. Due to the re-arranging of the school district my family lived in, I went to a school where I did not know a single person in the building. The transition to middle school as a pre-teen can be challenging enough (hello, hormones and uncertainty of what is happening in our own awkward bodies!). To go through it as an introverted, shy kid, not knowing anyone, turned my world upside down. I started to see a therapist who explained to me that I was experiencing anxiety. I vividly remember sitting on my therapist’s couch (yes, you read that right -- I've been on "the couch" as well!) and thinking, “A-ha! So, I’m not dying, I’m having anxiety attacks. And wow, I’m also not crazy! Other people go through this too!”.
That “a-ha” moment was so powerful for me. I knew that I wanted to help other people have this moment, just as I did. I went in to college thinking that I was going to be a super-cool English teacher who taught all kinds of “a-ha” moments. I wanted to support kids like the eleven year old me. However, I realized halfway through college that I felt much more of a connection with therapy than teaching. At this point, I added Psychology to my BA in English.
I went on to graduate school to earn my Masters in Social Work. My career as a social worker initially led me to a school setting, where I worked with children and their families providing support and fostering connections to necessary services. I then transitioned to an agency setting in a domestic violence and rape crisis center. I worked on the crisis hotline, as well as provided individual and group counseling services to children, adolescents, and adults. In this agency, I received specialized training in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
These personal and professional experiences helped me realize working with those experiencing anxiety, life transitions, as well as those who have endured trauma, is my passion. I brought this passion with me into private practice in 2014, and my passion is still growing each and every day!
What i've Achieved
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker, New York State, License #: 085957
- Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, International Association of Trauma Professionals
- MSW, Master of Social Work, LIU Post
- BA, Bachelor of Arts, English & Psychology, St. Joseph's College
- Professional Activities and Memberships
- National Association of Social Workers