I work with people who can present really well, seem completely put together when they want to be, and whose problems are not immediately apparent to others.
More specifically, I work with highly ambitious, perfectionistic NYC women whose lives seem to be going pretty well on the outside – but privately, they're hurting. Sometimes the source of the hurt is clearly known, other times it’s waiting to be discovered. Either way, something needs to be addressed in order to fully thrive, and my clients are willing to do the work to address it. I also work with women who are already feeling fully balanced, and are set on keeping it that way through regular and honest reflection.
If you're not spending your life the way you'd like to, lets talk about it.
With 14 years of counseling experience in an extremely broad range of capacities, I'm adept at tailoring my approach to the unique needs of each of my clients. You're welcome to read more below about my private practice, my in-house work with Google, my collaborations with publications like Glamour and TIME, my research and clinical experience, and where I went to school.
But none of that is as important as this:
I love my job, I approach my work in the spirit of service, and I know everyone's personal energy to be unmistakably unique.
I earned my Bachelor’s degree in psychology at UC Berkeley before obtaining two Masters from Columbia University, one focused on clinical assessment and the other on psychological counseling. Additionally, I completed post-graduate training and certification at the Association for Spirituality and Psychotherapy in NYC.
My clinical experience began at a residential treatment center in Los Angeles called Hillsides. My work at Hillsides focused on helping individuals and families process and move forward from trauma and abuse to create a life that was not dictated by the past.
After moving to NYC for graduate school, I continued my clinical work and training at The Dean Hope Center. I completed my graduate fieldwork at a private practice in midtown and went on to work at a rehab center called The Realization Center. At the Realization Center, I ran group and individual counseling sessions centered on addiction issues of all kinds–food addiction, drug and alcohol addiction, attachments to drama and negative people, etc. While I was working at the Realization Center, I began to build my private practice part-time and eventually made a full-time transition.
A few more years into my practice, Google approached me to ask if I would be open to working as a therapist on-site at their New York location, helping them launch a wellness program that included building a staff of on-site therapists. I started working as an in-house therapist for Google one day a week, in addition to running my practice. Over two years, I helped Google identify ways in which their wellness program could be improved, and assisted in hiring multiple other on-site therapists for their current wellness program.
I earned my BA minor in education and I’m passionate about using books, blogs, reading and writing habits as a way to key-in to personal well-being (and as accessible and affordable self-soothing tools). Here in NYC, I'm on the associate board of Reading Partners, a non-profit designed to enhance the lives of young students through reading. While I was attending Berkeley, I worked at the Lionel Wilson Preparatory Academy as a literacy specialist with an emphasis on how to use books, reading and writing to add structure, calm and insight to the day.
Around that same time, my peripheral interests in sociology and advertising lead me to Dr. Jean Kilbourne’s research on how advertising influences thoughts, feelings and each person’s sense of cultural normalcy. Through the Decal program, I developed and taught two courses at UC Berkeley based directly on Dr. Kilbourne’s work:
Deconstructing Advertising: Exploring the subjective power of advertising campaigns
The Psychology of Need: Exploring identity formation through brand attachment
Research requires such a great deal of time, and the choice to devote that precious little resource of mine to my private practice work precludes me from actively participating in research anymore. But, once upon a time…
My research interests focused on cultural norming, empathic accuracy and mind/body connections. By cultural norming, I mean the factors that lead to people feeling that one thing is “normal” over another, and how people break away from their norm schemas to create their own measure of normal. What are the emotional consequences and benefits of breaking out of, for example, family normed ideas about success? What about the emotional consequences and benefits of breaking away from cultural norms of beauty, relationship satisfaction and the 'productivity = self-worth' paradigm.
By empathic accuracy, I’m talking about the sensation of feeling someone’s eyes on you from across the room or feeling the tension in the room, for example. Do people vary in their ability to accurately feel the emotional landscapes around them, and if so, why? Can you get better at feeling what someone else is feeling? At the Berkeley Institute for Human Development in California, I assisted Dr. Gilad Hirschberger in his empathic accuracy studies. The empathic accuracy studies examined emotional reactivity, control and perception to determine how culture and ethnicity influence the behavioral, subjective, communicative and physiological aspects of emotions.
By mind/body connections, I mean the way hormones like dopamine and cortisol impact perspective, hopefulness, and depression. At UCLA’s Hammen Lab, I assisted Dr. Constance Hammen in her hormone and depression studies. Dr. Hammen’s work examined the role of cortisol in stress, depression and interpersonal aspects of psychopathology.
Once I found a rhythm with my practice, I noticed that so many people struggle with similar issues, and that these issues simply aren't talked about enough. I felt like there was a need for a different kind of blog about mental health -- one that's not boring, didactic, or depressing. I wanted something positive, collaborative, fresh and informative, an honest exploration into the ways we change and thrive. I appreciate simplicity and thought others might too, so I didn't want pop-ups or ads, just a calm clean space for people to explore what naturally pulls on their attention -- and so my blog came to be.
With the same intention of bringing dialogue about mental health and emotional wellness into public spaces, I also started working with community leaders and organizers. I began giving free monthly talks about how to change at Brooklyn treatment courts, then other companies and community organizations invited me to speak -- NYU, Uplift Studios, the Freya Project, Columbia University, etc. Around that time, I also started working with the media to continue promoting dialogue around mental health and wellness. I contribute as an emotional health expert to a variety of popular publications like TIME, The Huffington Post, Forbes, ELLE, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Thrive Global, Reader's Digest, Bloomberg Businessweek, In Style, etc.