No one teaches us how to build good relationships. We become entrenched in relational patterns established by our early lives and families of origin without even realizing it. Society doesn’t recognize the importance of acquiring relational skills, and we think that we should “just know” how relationships work. We’re also supposed to “just know” how to be happy, how to manage stress or anxiety, and how to decide what we want in life.
Many people are afraid to have open and honest conversations about mental health or relational issues. I was too, at one point in my life. I thought I should be able to figure out all the answers on my own, but I was wrong. We don’t expect to “just know” how to get around a new city without looking at a map or asking someone for directions, so why do we think that we’ll just know how to navigate the changes and challenges in our lives? This is why I want to help you get to a healthier and more intentional place in your life and relationships.
My professional training began in college at the University of Virginia, where I studied psychology. At UVA, I became very interested in social psychology, a field based on the idea that your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by those around you. I continued my education at the University of San Diego, where I received a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. Unlike most mental health degrees, this provided me specialized education in the study of relationships.
After finishing school, I continued my training and development as a therapist through an internship at the UC San Diego Health System, a leading academic medical center. At UC San Diego, I worked as part of a unique Collaborative Care Program that links therapists closely with physicians and other health care providers. By working and training under experts in therapy, psychiatry, and medicine, I gained new insights about the full context of our mental health concerns.
Since moving to New York, I have been working both in private practice and at a non-profit counseling center in Manhattan that seeks to broaden access to therapy services.
Currently, my practice is fully Telehealth. I conduct all sessions via a HIPAA compliant Telehealth platform.
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