Being human is hard. I take a whole-being approach using mindfulness and other holistic tools and enjoy working with diverse clients.
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in New Brunswick, NJ
Supervised by Shelene Gross, LCSW
I am a trauma-informed therapist- I have extra training in supporting clients who have a history of trauma, whether that's one explicitly traumatic event (example- sexual assault) or a series of difficult experiences that have built up over time (example- living with constant microaggressions). Dealing with trauma requires flexibility on the part of the therapist, a deep respect for the client's autonomy, and an authentic and real approach to developing a nonjudgmental supportive relationship.
Research shows that spending time outside can alleviate symptoms of mental health issues and improve overall physical health as well. I am available for eco-therapy, where we will have sessions outside on nature trails around the office. We can use this time to have a typical talk-therapy session while walking in nature, or explicitly practice mindfulness techniques in nature, both of which are immensely healing.
I have extensive training in mindfulness based therapies, and use them in various ways with most clients. Mindfulness based cognitive behavioral therapy is particularly effective for clients with anxiety or depression. Mindfulness is a skill that gives us more space between something that triggers us and our reaction. It allows us to respond to life, rather than react out of unconscious habits, and can help with most mental health issues, giving us a greater sense of ease and freedom.
As someone who has suffered from anxiety and panic attacks, I have an experiential understanding of just how debilitating anxiety can be. When you're in that space, you'll do almost anything to make it go away. I teach a variety of coping skills, including mindfulness for anxiety and panic attacks, that can help you learn to cope with anxiousness in a holistic and healthy way. With work, anxiety can become our greatest teacher rather than our darkest enemy.
I believe that depression is a healthy reaction to disconnection from self and community. When we feel unworthy, alone, and isolated, it is natural to shrink down, avoid life, and feel hopeless. Depression often become a feedback loop that we get stuck in and can worsen over time. I use mindfulness skills to support clients in gaining self-compassion. When we learn to argue with negative thoughts, we can break the cycle of depression and begin to have energy and space to implement true healing.
As a highly sensitive person myself, I understand the difficulty of navigating a world that was not designed to meet our needs. Feelings of anxiety, overwhelm, dissociation, and reactivity are common issues facing HSPs. I will help you unpack some of the coping mechanism that may not be helpful, draw healthy boundaries with others, respect your inner-rhythms and cycles, and live a life feeling grounded and centered, while learning to see your sensitivity as a strength.