The client is definitely in the driver’s seat when it comes to therapeutic goals. Exploring what the client wants early on in treatment is crucial to the success of our relationship. The goals can always change and that will come from the client.
I learn all the time from my clients! It is definitely a two-way street. I have been in awe at times at what my clients have struggled with, and how they continue to survive trauma, betrayal, long term disappointment and personal and professional loss and grief. Being “in their corner” during these most difficult times is a privilege.
People describe me as compassionate person with a “soothing way.” In my relationships and friendships, I value empathy, the ability to listen deeply and reflect back what I hear. Communication is crucial! I consider myself a curious, lifelong learner and appreciate diverse cultures, philosophies and points of view. There is nothing you can tell me that will surprise or shock me.
Borderline Personality Disorder
Race & Cultural Identity
Impulse control issues
Medical professionals' mental health
Oppositional & defiant behavior
Panic attacks & panic disorder
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Culturally Sensitive Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Expressive Arts Therapy
Family Systems Therapy
CHt-Clinical Hypnotherapy Certification
NY, LCSW, 073124
PhD, Social Work, Stony Brook University
MSW, Social Work, Adelphi University
MPhil and MA, History, Columbia University
BA, Art History, Barnard College, Columbia University
I began working in a residential treatment center for psychiatrically disturbed children and adolescents (Astor Home) and was trained in Structural Family Therapy. I then moved to work in clinics with adults who were psychiatrically impaired and struggling with drug and alcohol issues. I was trained in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and learned how to help clients develop coping skills and use mindfulness. I returned to study for my PhD and worked on a Native American Reservation for five years. I then worked for three years with immigrants and refugees who had severe trauma. Currently, I have had a private practice for several years and work at an agency as a co-occurring disorder specialist (Behavioral health and addictions). I have been teaching online and in brick and mortar social work programs for MSW and PhD students.
25 Chelsea Drive, SmIthtown, 11787, NY