Meet with Desiree
People often run the gamut of thoughts and emotions before deciding to see a therapist, so if you’re reading this, let me be the first to congratulate you on this vital first step! I know it took a lot of self-reflection and courage to get here. Allow me to remind you of your strengths, that you are resilient, and that things can get better. Sometimes all you need is a fresh perspective and help connecting past experiences to current thoughts, feelings, and behaviors while learning healthy coping strategies.
I have over 15 years experience counseling families and individuals in a variety of settings with many populations. In my studies at Wagner College and Widener University, I have been trained as a trauma-informed clinician with cultural humility. Building a strong, therapeutic alliance with your therapist is the number one indicator of positive change. I strive to build trust, be honest and down-to-earth which I attribute to my ability to quickly achieve rapport with my clients. My goal to provide a person-centered, collaborative approach in a relaxed, judgment free environment is paramount as we identify any barriers or challenges you are experiencing. You are the expert on you and therapy is the catalyst for personal growth and finding your authentic self. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness techniques together with Psychodynamic and Systems theories in my practice. I have extensive experience working with individuals struggling with Anxiety/Depression, PTSD, trauma, grief, life transitions, chronic medical issues, and caregiver burnout.
Doing things that bring you joy is an important component of work/life balance, which I emphasize in my therapeutic approach. I have a very eclectic taste in music and enjoy attending concerts. Fun Fact: my friends nicknamed me “The Human Jukebox.” Listening and dancing to music is a part of my daily self-care routine. I’ve recently become an avid book listener on Audible! I also played Division 1 Soccer in college and now volunteer as a coach for youth soccer, which is one of my favorite things to do. Being on the beach and listening to the sounds of the ocean, whether it’s hot or cold, is where I recharge.
New York, LMSW