My Professional Background & Experience:
- As a psychotherapist in private practice, I believe in developing a safe, consistent, and compassionate alliance with my patients. Cultivating a working relationship based on trust, acceptance, and honesty allows me and those with whom I work to get in touch with their authentic life-fulfillment needs—and also discover what might be standing in the way. I use a broad-ranging approach that draws on my training in psychodynamic therapy, attachment theory, and family-systems models. I do not consider myself rigid or “manualized” in my approach; I help my patients to articulate what is best for them. This can be an ongoing process. To contact me to about setting up an appointment, please visit my Contact Page.
- In spring 2018, I became an Instructor at the NYU Silver School of Social Work Post-Master's Program in the Clinical Approaches to the Addictions. In this position, I help practicing professionals gain deeper insight into assessment and treatment of sexual behavior from a range of perspectives including psychodynamic, recovery-oriented, sociocultural, and neurocognitive approaches. My aim is to engage students in a nuanced and searching discussion, to see the issues from many sides, thus broadening their assortment of clinical tools.
- Since June 2017 I have been an Associate Therapist at the Sexuality, Attachment and Trauma Project (SAT Project for short). The SAT Project treats individuals with problems in the area of sexual behavior. The SAT Project defines “sexual behavior broadly.” It is run By Dr. Michael Crocker who, with his associate therapists, fosters a safe, healing environment where patients may not only get relief from present suffering, but also address core issues that underlie it. If you feel you may need help in this area, please contact the Sexuality, Attachment and Trauma Project at their website or call 646-644-4280.
- From 2015 to 2017 I was a Psychiatric Social Worker with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York where I was named an “Initiative Award” recipient. In this position, which served clients in their own homes throughout the Bronx, I treated individuals with serious mental illness diagnoses (SMIs) as part of a program called “Parachute.” We used a Need-Adapted Treatment Model (NATM, also called “Open Dialogue”) that puts clients at the center of a healing process and allows them to articulate their goals and needs. I worked closely with psychiatrists, nurses and nurse-practitioners, and mental health peer specialists. I was also a certified 9.58 provider with training from the NYC Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH).
- From 2013 to 2015 I was a Family Therapist with the Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services. In this job, I provided Functional Family Therapy (known as FFT)—for which I received rigorous training—to children and families in the NYC child welfare system. I worked closely with Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) staff, as well as teachers and school counselors
- From 2012 to 2013 I was a Social Work Intern and Psychotherapy Trainee at the F*E*G*S (now Jewish Board) mental health clinic on Jerome Ave. in the Bronx. I performed biopsychosocial assessments for the purposes of providing preliminary diagnoses of ADHD, generalized anxiety, plus mood and other disorders using DSM guidelines. I structured interventions based on supervisory support and input. I also worked with children and teen patients using play-therapy modalities, emotion-based games, and other developmentally-appropriate intervention tools.
- From 2011 to 2012 I was a Social Work Intern and Casework Trainee at a supported housing facility run by the Henry Street Settlement in the East Village community of New York City. I worked with a direct caseload of about a dozen clients in a supported housing site for individuals with documented histories of homelessness and serious mental illness. I provided supportive counseling and case management, and was hired as a paid intern during 2012. I helped my clients meet their psychosocial goals, create service plans, and gain and/or retain benefits such as SSI, SNAP, and Medicaid.
- From 2012 to 2013 I worked as a Researcher at Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work. I conducted phone interviews with parents of children with hearing loss in study to determine why children are sometimes lost to follow-up, and earned coauthor credit in research poster "Prevention and Social Work: The Case of Newborn Hearing Loss."
- From 2002 to 2003, and also during 2011, I was a Mental Health Volunteer at New York-Presbyterian Hospital (Weill-Cornell Campus on the Upper East Side of Manhattan). In this position, I provided company, assistance, and leisure activities (i.e., board games, crafts, conversation, etc.) for adult and adolescent populations on an inpatient psychiatric ward to ease stresses associated with hospitalization. I was also fortunate to be able to develop music, theater, and writing exercises working closely with Psychosocial Rehab professional staff.
Before becoming a Social Worker and Psychotherapist, I worked extensively in private industry and the education sector, using my writing and management skills in a variety of ways. Here is an overview:
--Nielsen IAG, Editor, Manager, and Vice-President at Successful Internet Startup; New York, NY [2001-2011]. I created writing methodology for research surveys measuring viewer recall of TV ads; start-up purchased by Nielsen Co. in 2008.
--CUNY Graduate Center, Editor & Writer in Media Relations Dept.; New York, NY [2000-2001]. I created a wide range of publicity materials (newsletters, press releases, etc.) for major, doctorate-granting academic institution.
--Hunter College, Montclair State University, and Others, Instructor in Writing and Media Studies; NYC Area [1995-2001]. I designed syllabi and implemented curriculum in writing, film history and aesthetics, media analysis, and other courses.
--Fortune Magazine, Reporter, Researcher, and Columnist [1989-1993]. I wrote and reported articles in industrial psychology, management, consumer behavior, and human interest at top business publication.
- MSW, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University, New York, 2013. Recipient of Dean’s Scholarship, Research Award, & Faculty Award for Academic Excellence.
- Coursework in Psychology, New School University, New York, 2002-03.
- Ph.D. in theatre studies, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY, 2001.
- B.A., New York University, New York, NY, 1988.
Here are other skills and recognitions you may wish to know about me:
Computer & Database: Foothold/AWARDS; TherapyNotes; PROMIS; CNNX; Microsoft Office Suite.
Licenses & Certifications: NY State Clinical Social Work Lic. No. 085312-1; DOHMH 9.58 desgination.
Awards: Initiative Award Winner, Visiting Nurse Service of NY 2016.
Memberships: National Association of Social Workers.
Other Training & Positions: Manuscript Peer Reviewer, Cornell University Press; Colorado Outward Bound School graduate, courses in alpine mountaineering and whitewater rafting; New York Cares volunteer, at Green Chimneys therapeutic farm, Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition, Arab-American Family Support Center, and Riverside Park Cleanup.