In 2006, I began working as a social worker in the non-profit world for organizations like JASA, the Mount Sinai's Caregiver Program, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. This experience allowed me to gain a greater understanding of how victims of elder abuse,family caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and individuals with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) struggle. By 2010, I decided to pursue my life dream of becoming a business owner and opened up my own Private practice. What started out as a part-time business, became a full-time practice by 2014.
My clientele includes adults who were looking to reduce anxiety, build their confidence, emotionally manage caring for a loved one, and cope with the challenges of Multiple Sclerosis. More recently, in 2019 I decided to begin working with children, ages 3 - 9 and am currently in the process of training to become a Registered Play therapist.
Why I specialize in Caregiving Being a caregiver is a role that presents itself with little, if any, forewarning. It can make a daughter, a husband, friend or a grandchild feel overwhelmed. Believing you are at your wits end, thinking no one understands what you are going through, and feeling like you are in this all by yourself, are common feelings many family caregivers experience. Individuals who are concerned about a loved one, generally find it difficult to organize their loved one's finances, arrange for his/her medical care, obtain in-home assistance and cope with his/her illness. In my experience, these caregivers benefit from having someone they can talk to who will listen to their problems and help them identify better ways to manage their situation.
Why I specialize in Multiple Sclerosis My time at the National MS Society - NYC Chapter, as a financial care assistant and a group consultant, gave me insight into how often individuals with MS feel misunderstood. Lack of understanding regarding their diagnosis, having to justify their fatigue, feeling like they have to educate other medical professionals and feelings of anxiety often left them feeling depressed and hopeless. Offering individuals with MS a place where they can obtain counseling with a therapist who "gets it", is something I find gratifying and keeps me motivated to continue helping the MS community.
Why Play Therapy From a young age, I've always loved being around children. To this day, I am that adult who gets on the floor and engages with kids regardless of who is around. When it comes to therapy, children often do not have the vocabulary needed to express how they are feeling. While adults can verbally process their thoughts, children need to utilize toys, arts and crafts, games, etc. to process their feelings. It is the language they use to speak of what troubles them. It is my goal to help children understand how to overcome the struggles they often don't know how to put into words.
My Philosophy My desire as a clinical therapist is to help individuals overcome their challenges and lead a healthier more balanced life. I don't subscribe to a "one size fits all" approach and don't guarantee success. What I do offer and promise is compassion, non-judgment, a willingness to listen and a desire to help you better manage your situation. Our work together will be dictated by a pace you feel comfortable with and will consist of learning how to reduce your worry, anxiety and/or feelings of hopelessness. My goal is to make you or your child feel better when you leave my office than when you came in.
I strive to accommodate my clients' schedules as much as possible by offering evening and weekend office hours as well as providing counseling sessions in Spanish. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org* or (718) 314-9280.
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