In trying to make sense of life, we often first attempt to make meaning. Our brains are meaning-making machines that seek to find reasons and attributions for what’s happened, predict future outcomes, and balance the fears and hopes we feel for ourselves and those we love. When we’re able to see things clearly, the meaning we make can enhance our experiences, bring us closer to others and help us to find our purpose. Sometimes, however, this process can be tougher as we’re clouded by emotional reactivity, triggered by past traumas or tempted by self-doubt.
There are wonderful therapeutic tools that can help us to refine this process so that the ways we understand our experiences are more closely aligned with reality and set us up for success. I work with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Theory, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Psychodynamic Modalities to help you best understand your motivations and ambitions and confront the obstacles that might be preventing you from living your best life. I also believe that spiritual fulfillment can be a key component to overall wholeness. When appropriate, I incorporate spiritually-minded theories into my therapy practice in order to engage the whole self.
Finally, my experiences in and proximity to the LGBTQIA+ community make my work inclusion-driven. It is my hope that I can help people to feel free and open to explore their various identities with a fresh awareness.
Mt. Sinai's Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery is a comprehensive program that guides people through the gender transition process. In my role as social worker there, I help patients find community and strengthen support systems as a way to ensure successful outcomes.