Therapy is weird. I get it. You are sharing your secrets with a stranger. I believe that the relationship between the therapist and the client is the most important aspect of therapy. Without a trusting relationship it is hard to grow and explore personal struggles. We will work together at a pace that is comfortable for you. I treat my clients like I would want my family members to be treated, with respect, compassion, sincerity and honesty. I also believe therapy can be fun as well as constructive and valuable.
Real change does not just happen in an office. By taking what we discuss and applying it in the outside world, you will have the tools to handle everyday situations. Therapy is not one solution fits all. Together we can identify patterns and choices that are being made and help you come up with a solution that fits your lifestyle. I can help you achieve change.
I provide counseling with a calm, interactive style. I have worked with many diverse populations. With children and adolescents, I find that play therapy provides a way for them to focus their energy while expressing their feelings. Using board games, clay, arts and crafts, music, puppets and dolls, even sports, I provide several avenues for the child to open up and engage in the therapeutic process. Establishing rapport is essential, which is why it is important to get down on the floor and play. Being on the same the level builds trust, humanizes the therapy experience and helps move the relationship forward.
When a crisis arises, I shine. I am able to calmly and effectively manage any situation. With 7+ years of working in emergency rooms, I have handled suicide assessments, mental illness, behavioral problems, psychiatric hospitalizations and grief counseling. My dual experience of crisis and outpatient settings enables me to recognize when someone needs additional help, whether it is hospitalization, medication or other appropriate referrals. Although I cannot prescribe medication, I do work with consulting psychiatrists on-site who can.
I am warm and supportive, with a sense of humor. I balance strong intuition with sharp critical thinking skills.
Therapy for kids and adults in Rochelle Park, NJ