I am a psychotherapist and art therapist, passionate about discovering the ways to help people make real and lasting change in their lives. I am committed to discovering what my patients need. Our work involves talk therapy, play, art making, problem-solving, targeted interventions and historical exploration, which means not only exploring personal and family history but the influence of the external world, including culture and politics.
My formal studies as an art therapist started during time I spent abroad in West Africa. It was there that I connected with a Ghanaian art therapist who had been trained in New York. His thoughtful use of art and ritual in his work inspired my graduate study at the same program where he had received his training, the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Pratt has the oldest master’s program for Art Therapy in the country and is a cornerstone of the field.
I have had post-graduate training in motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy (C.B.T.), and the intersection of meditation and psychotherapy. A full-time psychotherapist since 2007, I have worked in inpatient psychiatric settings, outpatient drug and mental health rehabilitation programs, and at an early intervention preschool. I have served as a clinical supervisor for art therapists, social workers, and student interns and have been a speaker at the Healing Arts Initiative in NYC and have provided training to mental health professionals in best practices and program regulations.
While my training as an art therapist is significant, what guides my work is a commitment to bringing myself and my history to the process of discovering what will help you grow. My training in theory and diagnosis is foundational but our relationship is significantly more important than any therapeutic model. Our relationship will dictate what our work looks like and what will be most growthful. As in any collaborative endeavor, I will bring my strengths and you will bring yours, and we will discover together how to build with all of those offerings.
I have experience working with professionals in the arts fields including visual artists, musicians, comedians, actors, architects, illustrators, writers, graphic designers, and people in the film industry. Our work supports their creativity and I have had great success in helping people fight through writer’s (or artist’s) block and other feelings of stuckness. For people who have never considered themselves creative, the collaborative process of our therapeutic work cultivates an inspiration and openness that can be brought into all areas of life. Art-making and play also lend themselves extremely well to children, adolescents and young adults–I enjoy getting creative and finding ways for kids and teens to express and learn other than with just words alone. For teens in particular, art therapy can help them feel more comfortable initially and support the long term viability of the work.
Having joined Tribeca Therapy in 2011, I am thrilled to have been a part of its growth over the last several years. The practice has attracted innovative therapists, each of whom bring a distinct creativity and passion for continually striving to discover increasingly powerful ways of helping our patients thrive.