Hannah grew up in upstate New York and moved to Queens with her cat during the pandemic. She went to SUNY Plattsburgh for a bachelor’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and received her master’s in Mental Health and Wellness Counseling from NYU.
Prior to Refresh, she worked with groups of adolescents, helping them process a wide range of issues and teaching them skills to live in the present moment. Hannah has also gained expertise in utilizing play therapy to help adults and their children process trauma. Here, she used toys, drawing, and reflection to help parents and children better understand each other. In addition, she has worked with those experiencing addiction and intimate partner violence, helping these individuals determine their next steps, set goals and meet them, and supporting them every step of the way.
Hannah believes that our relationships are so important, that connection matters. She uses curiosity and humor to help her clients reflect on their life and relationships, as well as examine the stories that clients tell themselves. She believes that each thought can be impactful, but often we do not have the words to express them. Knowing this, Hannah allows clients the option of utilizing toys and art to get those unheard stories out and create meaningful change.
As an avid fidgeter and clinician with experience working with neurodiverse folks, she encourages clients to feel comfortable using fidget toys or other forms of stimulation that they need during session. Hannah is interested in how stress or trauma is felt in the body, and wants to learn more about how to release the physical body to free the emotional mind.
In her free time, Hannah spends time reading, cooking, and going to concerts with friends. She moved to NYC to get late night pizza and go to concerts on weekdays, and has been taking advantage of both since moving. For self-care Hannah receives her own therapy, dances to pop music, and draws.