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. Such work allowed me to gain a deeper understanding and compassion for individuals who are victims of elder abuse,family caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and individuals with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
In 2010, I decided to pursue my life dream of being a business owner and opened up my own Private practice. My office is located at 127 Union Avenue, Middlesex, NJ and I provide counseling to children ages 3-9, and adults 21+ individuals who are looking to strengthen their relationship(s), reduce their anxiety, emotionally manage caring for a loved one, and minimize the anxiety that often accompanies an MS diagnosis.
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 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. Adult children of aging parents generally find it difficult to have certain conversations with their loved one. For some adult children, there is a true struggle that can ensue with all of a sudden realizing you now have to ask about your parent's health and help them navigate certain things that they had no problem navigating before. In my experience, it can be extremely beneficial for adult children to have someone they can talk to who will listen to their problems and help them strategize better ways to navigate their relationship with their parent.
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.
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 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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