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.
Depression often causes people to feel sad, empty, or hopeless, and can cause a lack of interest in life. It can also affect a person's thinking patterns and physical health.
Refers relationship issues with a partner or spouse. Can include issues related to relationship distress, relationship satisfaction, communication, intimacy, etc.
Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by persistent instability in relationships, extreme emotional reactions, and chronic fear of abandonment. People with this may also tend to be moody, experiencing a lot of high highs and low lows.
Race & Cultural Identity
Challenges around race and cultural identity vary enormously, including issues related to discrimination, racism, and intergenerational trauma.
Social anxiety or social phobia is fear of social situations or a fear of interacting with people other than close friends and family. Social anxiety can be persistent, intense, and debilitating, greatly affecting daily life.
Anxiety can mean nervousness, worry, or self-doubt. Anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder that entails excessive, repeated bouts of worry, anxiety, and/or fear.
Workplace issues are a common source of stress and can include interpersonal conflict, communication problems, gossip, harassment, discrimination, low motivation and job satisfaction, performance issues, and poor job fit.
Grief is a reaction to an emotionally significant loss and often comes with symptoms of depression or anxiety. These symptoms can remain intense and last for a long time after a loss, making it difficult to move forward with a healthy lifestyle.
Impulse control issues
Reacting quickly without regard for consequences as a response to internal or external events. Impacts relationships and daily life and could be a symptom of personality disorders, bipolar disorders, substance use issues and more.
Medical professionals' mental health
Many medical professionals have extremely difficult jobs. When the result of one’s work is a matter of life or death, stress is typical. Medical professionals’ mental health is oftentimes impacted by experiencing vicarious trauma, working long hours, feeling underpaid or unappreciated, and believing that the well-being of others is more important than their own. This may lead toward distress, compromised performance, resentment, poor mental and/or physical health, and burnout.
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.
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