Work with Me
Enough with the stigma!
Therapy is for everyone. It can help you to:
Enough with the stigma!
Therapy is for everyone.
It can help you to:
WHO I WORK WITH
I have over 8 years of experience in the mental health space and enjoy working with individuals from all walks of life, many of which are young adults in their 20s and 30s.
The major theme that comes up with my clients is anxiety – from general anxiety, to social anxiety, to anxiety in the workplace, to test/performance anxiety. This can manifest as panic attacks, obsessive compulsive thoughts, strained relationships, lack of sleep, and other unpleasant symptoms/behaviors.
I also have a particular interest working with individuals who are questioning or coming to terms with their sexual identity, young professionals who have recently moved to NYC and are unhappy in their jobs or relationships, and individuals who are grief-stricken due to heartbreak or loss. Many of my clients are also experiencing existential crises and/or family conflict due to the current state of our environment and political climate.
In our sessions, I provide tools, education, and practices to help you retrain your brain, feel less anxiety, and find inner peace. But that is only one piece of the puzzle.
Together, we will create a safe space for deeper transformation – where you can explore how you came to be who you are, and feel empowered to become the person you want to be.
First time going to therapy?
As an avid knitter and a huge fan of therapeutic metaphors, this is the best way for me to describe what going to therapy is like…
Imagine your worries as a tangled clump of yarn in your head. Over time, more yarn accumulates, and the strands become more intertwined. Eventually you find yourself trapped by this mass of worry, indecision, and fear. Untangling it seems impossible because it has taken over your life, and you don’t even know where to begin.
Now, think about what it would feel like to have someone carefully help you sort out those worries so you are no longer confined by them. You can finally breathe!
Together, we will untangle those thoughts, and roll them up into neat balls of yarn. They may still exist in your mind, but they’ll be much more manageable. With practice, you’ll be able to sort out your thoughts with greater ease, and perhaps even create something beautiful out of them.
WHAT TO EXPECT
We will have a 15-20 minute phone consultation, where you can tell me why you’re interested in starting therapy, I can answer any questions you might have, and we can both determine if I am the right fit for what you are looking for.
Your Initial Session
We will have an initial session where I will get a more holistic overview of what brought you in, and a sense of what you would like to accomplish out of your time in therapy.
We will have ongoing, weekly appointments where you can bring in whatever is present for you, and work towards creating the most fulfilling life possible.
I am an out-of-network provider, which means our sessions are likely covered in part or in full by your insurance company. If you want to use your out-of-network benefits but aren’t sure about what is covered, I recommend you call your provider and ask the following questions:
- What are my out-of-network benefits for outpatient mental health treatment?
- Do I have an out-of-network deductible that needs to be met?
- What percent of my therapy session fee will be covered by insurance once my deductible is met?
- Are there any other restrictions surrounding my out-of-network plan that I should be aware of?
- (I recommend you get the name or ID of the person you speak to, and a reference number for the call).
Please get in touch if you’d like to learn more about my rates.
It depends on what your goals are. Some individuals come in because of a major life event, such as a move, a breakup, or a loss, and in these situations, therapy can last around 6 – 9 months. Others may be looking to address more deeply rooted patterns of behavior, and in these circumstances, therapy can last longer. I have found that some individuals simply want the space each week to take care of their mental health. Throughout our time together, I will check in with you to see where you are at in the process, and help you transition out when it feels right.
Our first session is a little bit like a warm up, where I’ll collect some general information about you and your past experiences, learn more about what has brought you in, and get an understanding of what you’d like to accomplish during our time together. For you, it is a great opportunity to ask any questions and see if I’m the right fit for what you’re looking for.
Each session runs 45-50 minutes. I allow for a full hour for the initial session.
I have found that the therapeutic process is much more effective when it becomes a part of a person’s routine, which is why I see clients at least once a week. Just like exercise – if you don’t make the time and space to work out, you’re very unlikely to get the desired results you want.
I currently see clients Monday – Thursday, during the hours of 9am-4pm. Unfortunately, I do not have any more availability during early morning or evening hours. I am in my midtown office on Tuesdays, and in my downtown office every other day of the week.
Usually people come to see me because they feel overwhelmed by life, worried about their future, or their anxiety levels are starting to feel unmanageable. Sometimes, people come to see me due to a major life event, such as a loss or a move, and they are finding it hard to cope. The people I work with want to feel better, are ready to make changes in their lives, but nothing they have tried seems to be working. My clients have shared with me that they appreciate my warm and authentic approach, my ability to help them gain deeper insight into some of their thought patterns and behaviors, and my openness. Many young professionals are attracted to my services because I am what one might call an “elder millenial.” AKA I understand the unique struggles that individuals who are growing up in this day and age experience, because I too have lived them.
This is a great question, and one that is hard to answer. Much of this depends on what your goals are for therapy, and if you’re truly ready to make changes in your life.
What I’ll say is that sometimes, you may look forward to going to therapy, other times you might dread it. Sometimes you might feel really good after a session, and other times you might feel exhausted. There may be days where you have a ton to talk about, and other days where you feel like there isn’t much to say. Therapy can dredge up a lot of buried feelings, and sorting them all out is difficult, and takes time.
So, if you want to know if therapy is working, pay attention to what is happening outside of your therapy sessions. Are you trying out new ways of thinking and behaving? Are you reacting to others differently? Are you becoming more self-aware? Are you more easily able to recognize certain patterns in your life?
I also highly recommend bringing up any concerns you have in a session. Finding the right therapist and building a trusting relationship is a very important part of the process. Having a conversation around any ambivalence you may have about therapy will help you and your therapist better understand what you’d like to accomplish.
Helping others live the life they want to live with the cards they’ve been dealt is my life’s work.
I’m grateful every day that I get to do what I love.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out so we can see if I’m the right fit for what you’re looking for, and you can begin the process of healing.