Integrated Psychotherapist, Holistic Health Coach & Personal Trainer
Founder & Owner of SoundMind/SoundBody Therapy
It was well before I became a licensed psychotherapist, that I realized how beneficial exercise is for emotional health. Going for a run would always boost my mood and calm my mind; it was my natural anti-anxiety and my natural anti-depressant. But when my digestion became burdened, my energy became so low that I couldn't even exercise. It was then that I sought out a healing diet. Being young and naive, I never stuck with any limiting diet for too long. I wanted the quick fix. I never gave my body (and mind) the chance to fully heal until I wised up.
It took me a nearly a decade to figure out, and accept, how I needed to live in order to truly feel good.
For a very long time I did not know what feeling good felt like; I had grown so used to feeling depleted, that I didn't realize how horrible I felt. I actually believed that feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, anxious and, at times, depressed were just my normal. Everyday felt like I was swimming up stream. I believed, albeit falsely, that this was just as good as it was gonna get for me.
I didn't experience relief until 1.) I made significant (and lasting) shifts in my diet 2.) I began working out for my mind (instead of just for my waistline), and 3.) I started seeing a therapist.
This relief didn't happen right away, but over time it was as if a heavy, dark veil began to dissolve until it was completely gone. What I felt, and still feel, is a sense of wellbeing, a wellness that I didn't even know was possible, let alone something I could have as my new normal.
By learning to make daily conscious and very deliberate choices that support the health of both my body and my mind, I have been able to establish a solid foundation of wellness.
It took me years to figure this out. It was an odyssey of starts and stops. I spent a lot of time and a lot money looking for that "magic bullet" that would "cure" me once and for all. Guess what? This was totally the wrong attitude to have. My strong attachment to the idea of a quick fix is ironically why it took me a decade to find my true wellness. The metaphor I learned in childhood finally sunk in-- it's the tortoise, not the hare that wins the race.
This lesson has since become my philosophy: the choices you make daily can either be like compound interest-- building you a solid wellness bank account or your choices can have the opposite effect-- depleting your reserves, leading to emotional and physical illness.
The behaviors that lead us to feeling our best are often the ones that we have the most resistance to.Support is imperative for success. Reliable support is what helped me to overcome the physical and emotional obstacles that kept getting in my way of feeling better.
I offer full-spectrum support that attends to both your emotional and physical wellness. My approach is an upgrade to traditional therapy; I am helping to bridge the gap between mental and physical health.
By blending therapy for the mind and the body, I will help you start to feel physically and emotionally stronger. The results of my method can provide a stunning boost in your sense of self-worth, self-confidence and your sense of well-being. I look forward to helping you get unstuck so that you can live your best life.
I am licensed psychotherapist, certified health coach and a certified personal trainer. I earned my Bachelors from Cornell University, my Masters from Columbia University, my personal training & health coach certifications from the American Council of Exercise and my certification as a mental health integrative medicine provider from the Mental Health Integrative Medicine Institute.
I paid my way through graduate school working as a personal trainer in New York City. I led boot camps and individual training sessions in central park. It was while training clients that it became clear that I was offering clients much more than a workout. I was also providing my clients with the attention they needed to open up and work through the life challenges that were getting in their way of feeling their best. This was the seed that would years later sprout my private practice of providing clients with sound mind, sound body sessions which integrate traditional therapy with physical fitness.
Before starting my private practice, I worked at the Palo Alto VA Hospital. First as a clinician in the inpatient psychiatry ward and then as the director of the MOVE Weight Management Program-- a behavioral medicine clinic dedicated to helping Veterans lose weight. It was during my time at the VA that I realized that healing both the body and the mind are essential to lasting health and wellness. Veterans looking for a quick solution repeatedly came back to my clinic until they were ready to dedicate the time and commitment needed to make lasting positive change. It was here that I further cultivated my skill and realized my passion in taking a holistic mind-body approach to helping clients work through issues of the past and move forward to living healthier, happier lives.
Integrated Psychotherapist & Holistic Health Coach
Hello! I am so excited to have the opportunity to tell you a little about myself and how I can help you become the best version of you! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Nationally Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, and have experience working with both children, adolescents and adults. I am passionate that each and every one of us matters and has a purpose in this life. By combining my clinical training and my integrative and holistic health coaching, I will help you get to the place where you want to be.
Throughout my life, I have had the ups and downs and the trial and errors that we all have. The thing that has become evident to me, is that wellness and health is not about the size that's sewn into the back of my pants. It is so much more than this. It is connection with others. It is feeding my body whole foods. It is moving my body. It is using my breath to find my balance. It is listening to my fears, because within those pesky words that try to hold me back, is exactly the thing that I need to move towards. And it’s never thinking that it’s too late to start something new.
I consider myself a lifelong learner and am always excited to add strategies or techniques to my knowledge base that will be helpful to you during our sessions. We are all unique individuals. What resonates with one person, may not be helpful to the next. I am always willing to think outside the box and figure out what is best for you.
I think it is important to work from a strength based perspective. Sure, we have all had moments in our life when it’s hard to see those strengths, but we all have them! I will help you find those strengths and past successes and we will use them to help you move forward.
CHANGE IS HARD, FOR EVERYONE! But by creating small steps and building on them, little by little, your small successes grow into your big successes. I believe in self compassion and positive self talk, movement and breath, nurturing and nourishing your body and mind.
Thank you for taking the time to begin this journey with me. I’m so honored to have the opportunity to work with you.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Nationally Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach. My undergraduate work was in human development and family studies at Penn State University followed by graduate school in social work at University of Chicago. I continued my education at Duke University's Integrative Health Coaching Program and then went on to pass the national exam for health coaching. I am always excited to find a book on a topic I'm interested in and attend conferences on relevant topics. I love to learn!
Prior to moving into this role, I have worked with families and children who have experienced complicated grief and loss, the homeless population, and children with severe emotional and behavioral issues. As a health coach, I have worked with women in all stages of life trying to achieve overall wellness and balance in their life. All of these experiences have prepared me and put me on the path to work with you!