about my practice

what I treat

  • Depression

  • Anxiety and Phobias

  • Relationship Difficulties

  • Life Transitions

  • Low Self-Esteem

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Professional/Career Issues

  • Parenting

  • Stress Management

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Women's Issues

 

 

my therapy approach

It's important that you feel comfortable, understood and respected.  I try to create a warm and trusting relationship where you can talk freely about the reasons  that led you to therapy and we can collaborate on a plan that is in line with your therapy goals. 

I believe that people are capable of major transformation and personal growth. There are often a few things that stand in the way of healing and progress. Sometimes, you don't possess the skills and tools to make that change happen.  Other times, you are motivated to change, but people or things in your life are holding you back.

In order to address what is keeping you stuck and in pain, we will dive deep into the nature and circumstances of your problems.  You will gain more insight and begin to let go of unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving that are standing in your way.  You will learn strategies and tools to help you cope better and make positive change in your life.

 

 

my therapy method

There are many psychotherapy approaches such as cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic that people find helpful.  I use research based techniques and rely on therapy approaches that work best for you and the problems that you would like to work through.  Often it's best to use techniques from multiple approaches. I have worked extensively with the following approaches and find that each model has its merits and can be tremendously beneficial :

  • CBT (cognitive behavior therapy)

  • DBT (Dialectical Behavior therapy)

  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

  • Mindfulness Based Techniques

  • ACT (Acceptance and Commitment therapy)

 

my experience

I have over 20 years of psychotherapy experience working with children, teens and adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, stress, and many other mental health problems.  I have worked in a variety of settings that include hospitals, clinics and private practice.  These diverse experiences have helped me connect with people from different backgrounds

 

My formal training in  mindfulness and meditation enables me to successfully help individuals understand mindfulness, experience the benefits of a mindful approach toward living their lives.

 

anxiety expert with over 20 years experience

 

I am a former Instructor of the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and the former Assistant Clinical Director of the Adolescent Day Program at the Child and Family Institute of St. Lukes-Roosevelet Hospital.  Also as a Supervising psychologist, I provide training and supervision to psychology interns.  

In addition to private work, I have worked as a staff psychologist at the Jewish Board of Family & Children's Services, an outpatient mental health clinic.

I received my undergraduate degree from Stern College Yeshiva University and a Doctorate in Psychology from Pace University.  I completed my post-doc training at the Child and Family Institute at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital.

I am a member of American Psychological Association, Florida Psychological Association, New York Psychological Association, APA practice organization.