My Approach to Therapy
The focus of my work is to restore my client’s access to their own innate wisdom and power. I have seen the resilience of the human spirit and the triumph of growth and change. I am committed to support you in moving forward in your life. Each person has
their own unique perception and emotional world and I strive to understand yours.
I believe forming a strong therapeutic relationship is key for therapy to be successful. I believe that empowerment is an essential part of the therapeutic experience of every client. That is why I use an integrative approach, which essentially means that I draw
from many clinical modalities to provide you with specific tools to help you (or your child) meet your goals.
I enjoy working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and also enjoy providing parent consultation/coaching support.
Gifted and Highly Sensitive
I really get giftedness and highly sensitive traits! You have a specific lens in which you see the world and it is one of beauty and uniqueness. I provide a strengths based approach to supporting you in some of the challenges that come with being unique, highly empathetic, talented, and kind.
I am a creative, authentic and empathetic therapist. I use many modalities, including non-directive play therapy, in order to help your and/or your child learn to communicate better, in their families, friendships and/or relationships. I support you to gain self-understanding and to grow in self-esteem. I believe that connections, including building community cohesion and awareness can also help you to flourish.
I began my career working with children and their families for the Albany School System Mental Health Program. In addition to my work at TheraThrive, I currently am a clinician at Fred Finch Youth and Family Services, a non-profit community mental health
organization that provides free mental health services to children, adolescents and families. I find all of my work extremely rewarding and I am passionate about providing clients with the best possible support.
I earned my B.S. degree in Communications from Ithaca College with a minor in Trumpet Performance. I earned my M.A. in Counseling Psychology at The Wright Institute. I am a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT #117576), and I have almost done completing my supervised hours for my LMFT license. I am under the clinical supervision of TheraThrive’s Director, Grace Malonai, PhD, LPCC, BC-TMH, and TheraThrive’s Lead Therapist, Katie Malone, LPCC, LMFT.
“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.” – Lao Tzu
My background as a musician strongly influences my work as a therapist and sees therapy as a way to extend compassion and balance not only to ourselves but to larger communities and the world. Music, and the arts in general provide for us a place to express ourselves when words fall short. I bring this creativity into my work with kids, adolescents as well as adults. I believe that music is our common energy and that where words fail, music speaks.