I consider myself to be a “Third Wave Cognitive Behavioral Therapist” who conceptualizes from a humanistic and relational perspective to understand an individual’s unique experience. Instead of focusing strictly on challenging one’s maladaptive thought patterns and helping to “eliminate” unwanted emotions, I help clients relate differently to their internal experiences and psychological symptoms. I am more interested in helping individuals feel more at ease with both themselves and the world in which they live, leading to a more meaningful existence. I work from the perspective that experiencing both emotional and physical pain is inevitable in life; however, suffering in one’s pain can be optional if we choose to change our relationship with it. My aim in therapy is to guide individuals in learning how to cope more effectively with life’s struggles by taking a “present-focused” approach, and help them develop a repertoire of acceptance and changed based skills and strategies.
I am a native New Yorker who has called Gainesville, Florida my home since 2014. I am a firm believer in practicing what I preach, and make it a priority to manage my own stress and anxiety levels by engaging in daily mindfulness and meditation practice. I enjoy traveling, exercising, practicing yoga and consider myself an enthusiastic cook and baker. When I’m not working with clients, I enjoy spending quality time with friends, family, and rescue dog, Hattie. I am a lover of anything outdoors and feel a strong connection with nature, which helps me recharge and see things from a broader, more universal perspective. I am an advocate for animals and have enjoyed my time volunteering at animal shelters in the past.