“People are just people/they shouldn’t make you nervous/the world is everlasting/it’s coming, and it’s going.” -Regina Spektor
Currently in school at Loyola University Maryland – M.S. Clinical Professional Counseling, Projected Graduation, December 2023
Currently accepting new clients.
What’s therapy with me like? I focus on women’s issues, LGBTQ issues, and folks who may be experiencing anxiety/depression and life transitions and stressors utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and Rogerian therapy. My way of being in the counseling room is humanistic, my way of understanding is cognitive, and some of my favorite therapeutic interventions are aligned with Gestalt practices.
I believe that clients are their own experts on their lived experiences and I think there is so much space in CBT to incorporate person-centered elements to celebrate and embrace a client’s unique identity, while still working with such an empirically strong modality – meaning that it’s been studied a ton and that it really works for a lot of folks! I’m always happy to incorporate different techniques, and try new things in the therapy room, so we can find something that feels right for you as a team!
I appreciate these methods because I feel that it allows the therapy space to be a non-judgmental and safe environment. I want to laugh with you in my sessions and celebrate with you as we work through sometimes really challenging emotions, thoughts, and feelings. Together we can dare to create a space where you are invited to grow courageously, curiously, and compassionately, with a real person and not a therapy robot!
How I’ve kept learning… I’ve always considered learning an essential gift and privilege, and the constant challenge to improve through learning feels true to me as one of my core values. Right now, I am continuing my learning through the education and enrichment provided by my graduate program and classes. Some classes that I have taken recently are, diversity issues in psychology, ethics in psychology, group therapy, and CBT!
I am always actively seeking out new opportunities to learn, whether it’s through reading, conversations with professors, peers or supervisors, or by finding new education experiences – I never plan to stop learning.
Who do I work with? I work with adolescents over 9, teenagers, young adults, and adults. I really enjoy working with folks in the 14-25 age range.
My impacting identities are… I am a cis, white, queer, first generation college student and a woman! I grew up on Long Island, raised by my mom, and was super influenced by my grandma’s Italian American traditions. I do consider myself spiritual, but do not personally follow any organized structure of religion.
I feel allied/aware/part of/informed/knowledgeable about… LGBTQ+, (part of/knowledgeable about), First Gen and lower income folks (part of/knowledgeable about), and Women (part of/knowledgeable about).
I am the best fit for a client who… wants to show up to sessions and just be fully and completely themselves, and wants to be a collaborative and active participant in the therapy room. I recognize that therapy can be scary, but I also think you’d be a good fit if you were feeling ready and excited to get into things!
I am not a good fit for a client who… doesn’t feel comfy working with a graduate-level clinician!
What makes me unique? I cannot sit still – ever… so there might be a lot of movement in the therapy room! But I’m always open to sitting on the floor or doing what makes a client feel the most comfortable! I think I want to bring a special sense of authenticity and a ‘casual’ and chill vibe to the therapy room, so that you’re able to come in and just let your walls down!
I think I kind of explain finding a therapist that’s a good fit for you, like speed dating. So if you’re hoping to find a therapist that’s down to earth and with a weird millennial gen-z crossover flow, you’ve found your fit!
The Practical Stuff
What insurances do I accept? I am currently not in network with any insurances, but I offer therapy for a sliding scale between $30-70, based on what the client can afford.
Do I offer telehealth or in person sessions? I definitely love meeting face to face, I think there’s something special about being in the same room together! I also like teletherapy and recognize that it’s a great option for a lot of people, and I’m so here for that!
Am I taking on new clients? I am currently taking clients for my waitlist only.
The Fun Stuff
Did you know… I love spending time in the gym and enjoy powerlifting to show tunes.
Any pets? Pencil!! My sweet little black cat!!
How I’ve Kept Learning
- Psychological First Aid; Dr. Jeffery Lating; October 2022
- My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathways to Healing our Minds and Bodies; Resmaa Menakem; August 2022
- Intersectionality in the Bisexual+ Community; Dr. Christina Dyar & Ms. Marian Hernandez; November 2022
- Gender Responsive Trauma Informed Care: The First 72 Hours; Charlene Sears-Tolbert, MA, ABD, CAP, ICD & AC NAADAC; January 2023
- A Rainbow Pipeline: The earnest impact of addiction on Black LGBTQ+ Identifying Individuals; O.T. Porter, PhD, LCDC NAADAC; January 2023
- The Role of Pain and Stress in Healing Trauma; Dr. David Hanscom, Trauma Super Conference; February 2023
- Holistic Healing in a Divided World; Dr. Claudelle R Glasgow, Trauma Super Conference; February 2023
- Treatment of Eating Difficulties; Dr. Anita Johnson, Mind Body Training Institute; February 2023
- The Gift of Therapy; Irvin Yalom; February 2023
- Introduction to Play Therapy for Mental Health; ProBono Counseling, Sabra Starnes, LICSW, LCSW-C, M. ED., RPT-S; March 2023
- Basics in Trauma-Informed Assessment; Child HELP Partnership; March 2023
- Trauma-Informed Functional Behavioral Assessment; Child HELP Partnership; March 2023
- Interconnected Systems Framework; The National Child Traumatic Stress Network; March 2023
- The Family Crucible; Augustus Y. Napier, Ph.D., and Carl Whitaker, M.D.; June 2023
- Polysecure: Attachment, Trauma and Consensual Nonmonogamy; Jessica Fern; June 2023
- How to Do the Work; Dr. Nicole LePera; July 2023
- ACT in Practice: An Experiential Approach to Learning Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; Shawn Costello Whooley, PsyD, and Staci Martin PhD; July 2023
- No Bad Parts: Healing Trauma and Restoring Wholeness with the Internal Family Systems Model; Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.; August 2023
- Conquer Shame by Understanding the Science Behind the Feeling; Therapist Uncensored, Dr. Stephen Finn, Dr. Ann Kelly, Sue Mariott LCSW, CGP; August 2023
- Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving; Pete Walker; August 2023
How to Give me A Buzz
The best way to contact me is…by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.