about me and
WHY I’M A THERAPIST
I’ve been an attuned listener, compassionate friend, and non-judgmental observer for as long as I can remember. I was born to be a therapist, although I didn’t know what therapy was until I came upon hard times in my adolescence and early adulthood. With the help of great therapists and hard work, I experienced the transformative power of therapy and was able to cross the bridge from a place of painful struggle to one of confidence and peace. My own history provides an empathic window into the lives and struggles of my patients that I am incredibly grateful for.
I love working with people, maybe like you, who feel they had a “bad deal” growing up, and who go around re-creating that bad deal in their day-to-day lives, especially with their long-term partners. Maybe the “hand” you were dealt in childhood included parents who were not willing or able to care for you the way you needed or wished for, and you find yourself, as an adult, feeling empty and worthless or angry, controlling and inflated. You may go back and forth between these positions but rarely find your center, which causes lots of problems in your long-term relationships. I am committed to helping people like you find their center, a place where your (unmet) needs and feelings can be seen and honored, but aren’t allowed to run and ruin your life. I help people grow up and live the lives they choose with acceptance, perspective and responsibility.
I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples from a wide variety of cultures, classes and backgrounds. I trained exclusively in hospitals and clinics in New York City, and have an intimate knowledge of the challenges that people who are living, learning, working – and loving – here face. I’ve worked with people suffering from the severest mental illnesses to college kids with minor adjustment problems, and can honestly tell you that I have likely “seen it all” and welcome you and all that you bring through my door.
I have a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University and am a New York State licensed clinical psychologist. I have 15 years of experience treating children, adolescents, adults in individual, group and couple psychotherapy.
I began my career working with hospitalized children and adolescents suffering from severe mood and behavioral problems, most of whom had experienced trauma. I decided to become a psychologist with the intention of treating the harmful effects of childhood trauma and attachment disruptions.
During my training, I discovered my passion for treating people with severe mental illnesses. I spent years training at New York City area hospitals, including Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai-Elmhurst Hospital, where I treated adolescents and adults diagnosed with depression, anxiety, personality disorder, psychosis and bipolar illness.
Upon completion of my training, I worked in the New York State and New York City hospital systems, where I evaluated and treated hundreds of patients. I worked as a psychologist at Bellevue Hospital Center for several years, where I led inpatient treatment teams and supervised psychology doctoral students and psychiatric residents and fellows. During these years, I was a Clinical Instructor at New York University School of Medicine.
modalities and SPECIALIZED TRAINING
My clinical work is firmly grounded in experiential and emotion-focused approaches such as Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples (EFTc) and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Processing (AEDP). These theories’ basic premise is that the process of undoing of aloneness through emotional connection is transformative. I wholeheartedly agree.
In addition to these experiential techniques, I integrate elements of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). DBT and ACT are cognitive behavioral theories that emphasize the important of personal values, mindfulness, acceptance and readiness for change.
I have advanced, specialized training in Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and am always updating my practice to keep up with evidence-based approaches that have been shown to have powerful, positive impacts on patients’ lives.