I received my Masters of Science with distinction from Mercy College after completing the Marriage and Family Therapy graduate program. Along with completion of relevant courses, this program required a year-long internship at a therapy facility for 1500 hours (minimum) of clinical experience. My experience included doing group play therapy with children and adolescents aged 3-17, as well as practicing cognitive-behavioral therapy with adults, couples, and families under supervision.
Doing this work exposed me to a large variety of client issues from the start, including, ADHD, anxiety disorders, depression, social discord, parenting issues, selective mutism, infidelity, loss, relationship conflict, poor coping/communication, low self-esteem, distrust, PTSD, and more. Through this, I learned how to build trust and confidence with clients according to their specific needs, as well as identify, process, conceptualize, diagnose, treat, and note client progress appropriately.
This experience taught me so much about the range of issues occurring in families and across the lifespan and how to effectively apply the techniques of cognitive-behavioral therapy to these vastly differing client populations.
I was fortunate to be hired by the same facility after completing my internship hours and so I continued to learn and complete 600+ hours toward my professional licensure there. Through this experience, I gained more knowledge and strengthened skills in treating the various issues above and more. I became increasingly successful in building healthy client rapport and seeing my clients achieve the goals we developed for their treatment plans. As my knowledge and skills grew in this work, so did my passion for it.
I worked at this facility for another 2 years after passing the National Marriage and Family Therapy Licensing Exam and officially becoming a licensed marriage and family therapist. Over this time, I gained the experience necessary to open my own private practice in Fishkill, NY where I now practice exclusively! This career move has allowed me grow even further as a person and a therapist, as I’ve been able to concentrate on helping clients the way I truly see fit. I can now focus all of my attention on my true passion for working with adult individuals, couples, and families and I am thrilled that each step in my career ended up being just what I needed to get here.
My passion is working with adult individuals, couples, and families struggling with a range of issues including: anxiety, depression, relationship conflict, de-motivation, low self-esteem, poor coping strategies, loss (e.g. death of loved one, job loss, divorce, etc.), fear, lack of boundaries, social discord, personal health issues, and poor emotion-regulation.
I feel so fortunate to have a career that allows me to be that extra support and unbiased caring ear for these good people who simply don’t know where else to turn in this complicated world. I believe all people who are open to changing their physical, mental, and emotional habits with work and dedication can benefit from therapy and start living the lives they’ve always deserved; I can’t think of a better way to spend my life than being a part of that.