“The curious paradox is that when
I accept myself just as I am,
then I can change.”
– Carl Rogers
My approach as a therapist is driven by the philosophy that people do their best to cope with life’s ups and downs, but sometimes lack the skills and experience to navigate tough situations or challenging relationships. This can be quite painful. It’s also an opportunity for growth and change.
I have a particular interest in working with individuals and dyads (couples, friends, siblings, parents and adult children) who are facing relationship challenges and hoping to gain a deeper understanding of their dynamics in order to feel more connected.
I have advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and I am a Certified Discernment Counselor. I am a member of various professional organizations including the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, the Doherty Relationship Institute’s Discernment Counselors, the New Jersey Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy, and the National Association of Social Workers.
I have been fortunate to work in a variety of clinical settings, from a community agency, to a hospital cancer center, to my current private practice. I’ve been in the field for 10 years; I worked as a reporter in my 20s and 30s, took time off to start a family, then returned to school to pursue a Master’s in Social Work at Rutgers University. I work with clients from a variety of cultural, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. I believe in the importance of understanding culture, and family and societal systems; my perspective was shaped by living in East Africa for several years as well as traveling globally.