I am a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has been counseling people since 2013. Grounded in patient-centered treatment, I combine cognitive theory with a strengths-based approach in my therapy practice. My education, training, and experience have provided me with the skills to work with a diverse array of individuals and challenges. I received my MS in Mental Health Counseling from CUNY Queens College and underwent further training from the Albert Ellis Institute as a Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapist and CHI Professional Development in Brief Solution-Focused Therapy.
I have worked with male and female clients ranging from 5 to 90 years of age, spanning a wide variety of cultures, religions, and identities. I am trilingual (English, Spanish, and Italian) and have done a large portion of my early clinical work with clients and parents who do not speak English as a first language. Additional areas of specialization include the treatment of issues specific to men, depression and anxiety, suicidal ideation/behaviors, self-harm, self-esteem, compassion fatigue, grief/loss, and general emotional disturbances.
Beyond the therapy room, I have provided services to the professional field as a supervisor, consultant, and trainer, including my work as a Crisis Counselor/Trainer for the Long Island Crisis Center. I am currently pursuing additional education and training to become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in order to provide “one-stop-shopping” for patients that require both psychotherapy and medication. In my spare time, I enjoy learning new languages, spending time with my friends and family, and trying to create the perfect pasta dish.