Change the way you think, and you can change the way you live.
I earned a Master of Arts degree in Applied Psychology: Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida. Throughout my graduate studies at NYU, I interned at the New York City United Federation of Teachers, where I provided mental health counseling to Department of Education members and co-facilitated a grief and bereavement counseling group. I have also completed elective graduate coursework in the areas of rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), grief and bereavement counseling, personality theory, marriage, relationship, and family counseling, and the psychology of women.
After receiving my graduate degree from NYU, I chose to continue my education by enrolling in clinical practicum trainings at The Albert Ellis Institute, where I earned my Primary Certificate in Rational-Emotive and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as my Advanced Certificate in Rational-Emotive and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Additionally, I am actively working towards obtaining my Associate Fellowship Certificate from The Albert Ellis Institute, with the ultimate goal of earning Associate Fellowship membership within the Institute. The Albert Ellis Institute is an internationally recognized and respected psychotherapy and training institute established in 1959 by Dr. Albert Ellis, the founder of rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), which is the original form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
In the diverse field of mental health counseling, many counselors utilize an eclectic approach that is based on integrating various components of multiple psychotherapy modalities into their own personally tailored model. While these integrated approaches can help clients to feel better within the moment, I believe that integrating dissimilar theories into one combined model does not generally help clients to get better and stay better in the long-term.
My approach to counseling is simpler, solution-focused, evidence-based, and highly effective in alleviating psychological, emotional, and relational distress. Through rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), I assist my clients with developing and achieving realistic goals and effective coping strategies. I help them to learn that in our most challenging moments, when we are unable to change our external circumstances, we can find power in choosing to change ourselves by adapting to our situation and therefore transforming our perspective. This may be challenging and frustrating at first, but once change is truly achieved, it can result in a deep and profound shift of our personal and philosophical perspective, leading to a much more rational, mindful, and psychologically enlightened life!
If you wish to get a better hold on your anxiety, REBT can make a tremendous difference! If you would like to improve your communication with others and move beyond a conflict in your relationship, REBT can help you to achieve this! If you are living with overwhelming grief, persistent depression, overcome with guilt, struggling with a life transition, battling chronic pain, in need of better stress management skills or coping mechanisms, and even if you simply desire to change your life: to live more fully, mindfully, and rationally, REBT can greatly assist you in doing so! I choose to specialize in REBT because I believe in its proven ability to help a variety of individuals and couples with a diverse array of challenges. If you are looking to change some aspect of your life, and you are interested in learning more about how REBT can be helpful to you, please reach out to me and together we will improve your quality of living!
Even in our most challenging moments, when it seems like we have lost control of our lives, REBT counseling proposes that the one aspect we always have control over is the attitude we adopt about ourselves and our circumstances. At its core, REBT is more than a type of therapy; it is a philosophy for life, and I feel most encouraged in this field when I see that my clients are not only able to think more rationally, but that they can put these principles into effect, and therefore live more rationally. My clients’ personal growth and ability to overcome what once seemed impossible for them is what inspires me.
My personal approach to mental health counseling is strongly rooted in rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT). Additionally, I incorporate components of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) into my work, as I believe it perfectly partners with the goals of REBT theory.
REBT proposes that there are three primary components of psychological functioning: thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, and that every human being has the capacity for rational and irrational thinking.
Through REBT counseling, we gain insight into ourselves, as we learn that it is not simply the circumstances in our lives that result in our unhealthy emotions and behaviors, but our beliefs about these circumstances which cause an emotional and behavioral disturbance.
By challenging our rigidly held irrational beliefs and demands, REBT helps us to adopt a more rational perspective about ourselves, others, and the world, which results in greater psychological satisfaction, heightened emotional independence, and at its best, a profound metaphysical change, accompanied by inner tranquility and personal enlightenment.
MBCT counseling integrates cognitive therapy with mindfulness techniques, such as meditation, breathing exercises, present-centered awareness, observation of small sensations in the here and now, and self-reflection and introspection without criticism and judgment of self and others.
My primary purpose at Keys to Counseling is to utilize my carefully tailored approach to give you the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral tools to learn to alleviate your own anxiety and ease psychological stress. Through rational emotive behavior therapy, I will encourage you to live rationally and mindfully in the present, teach you how to self-sooth and relax, help you to slow down your thoughts in order to see the world more clearly, and ultimately show you how to become your own best counselor leading to a more satisfying, fulfilling, and emotionally independent life. The decision to improve your life through individual, couples, and marriage counseling is truly a courageous and exciting one. No matter your reason for seeking counseling, it would be an honor to support and empower you on this journey!