My practice focuses on two distinct, though often overlapping populations: young children and their social/emotional development, and parents healing from various kinds of trauma looking to build more meaningful, joyful relationships with themselves and their families.
I love working with these clients because the first several years of a child's life are often the most formative in creating the basis for how they relate to themselves, others, and the world. As a parent, we are given the immense task of shaping these attachment styles and providing a predictable, nurturing, and stable environment for our child to thrive within. Transitioning to parenthood can be hard and scary, while bringing up a lot of memories from the past and anxieties about the future. Your and your child's mental and emotional health matter and there is support available.
As a psychotherapist, I am committed to recognizing the power we have to create, sustain, and frame our lives. I believe in the healing potential of a safe and flourishing atmosphere for new parents, young children, and individuals to take the time to explore hopes and fears about pregnancy, childhood, and parenthood.
My approach is warm, collaborative, and tailored to each individual and family. I draw from psychodynamic, relational, and developmental theories, with an emphasis on trauma-informed care. Together, we will identify your goals, build upon you and your family's strengths, and explore the obstacles and belief systems holding you back from achieving the best life possible for you and your family.
I hold a Master's Degree in Social Work from Tulane University and a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Psychology from Fordham University. I am both a New York and North Carolina State Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
I am a certified clinician in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy from PCIT International and am certified in treating Maternal Mental Health/Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders from Postpartum Support International (PSI). I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidence-based treatment for trauma and psychological stress.
My past clinical experience specializes in the first five years of life and postpartum period. It includes joint parent and child interaction psychotherapy, play therapy, social skills development, and pre-school based mental health consultations and trainings with parents and teachers. I have a background working in community mental & behavioral health. Additional experience includes providing intensive in-home psychotherapy for adolescents and families, Psychiatric Residential Treatment Centers for children and adolescents, and community development for Social Service non-profit organizations.
I provide welcoming space for individuals and families of any race, culture, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, gender, or documentation status. I invite conversation surrounding these aspects of our identities.
Member of National Association of Social Workers (NASW): New York State Chapter
Member of Postpartum Support International