Each client that I work with is unique. While the symptoms of many mental health disorders may be similar, no two people experience exactly the same manifestations of depression, anxiety or self-esteem. Over the years, I’ve gained the wisdom that there can be no cookie-cutter approach to therapy, as what may be helpful for one person, may not be advantageous for another. Every client has unique challenges, life experiences, and family dynamics, as well as strengths, talents and resources.
I received my B.A. with a double major in Psychology and Music at SUNY-Binghamton (now Binghamton University). I went on to receive my master’s degree in College Student Personnel Administration from the University of Maryland and completed my Doctorate in Counseling Psychology, also at the University of Maryland. My doctoral program, as well as my pre-doctoral internship at Towson State University’s Counseling Center were both APA-accredited.
Throughout my career, I have worked in a variety of clinical settings. I began my career working in college counseling centers and was the very first Director of Student Affairs at The Juilliard School. I have also worked with an outsourced Employee Assistance Program and with a psychology group focused exclusively on individuals suffering from anxiety, panic and phobic disorders. More recently, I worked at a large psychiatric hospital, providing clinical services on two inpatient units. I ran two CBT groups as well as worked individually with the patients on these units. This experience gave me a unique perspective of more serious clinical disorders. I also was a therapist on BetterHelp.com, one of the largest and most popular online therapy platforms.
I received my Intensive Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) through Behavioral Tech, developed my Marsha Linehan, and introduced the first inpatient DBT program at the psychiatric hospital I worked in.
My passion is the private practice I have had on Long Island for the past 28 years!
While initially trained in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Insight-Oriented therapy, I presently use Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy,(DBT), Mindfulness and Positive Psychology in my therapeutic approach.
Rapport and trust are the fundamental building blocks of a good therapeutic relationship. I provide support and validation, and bring a high level of compassion, warmth and yes, humor to my therapeutic relationships.
I spent 15 years working as a career consultant for downsized employees for two of the world’s largest Outplacement Firms, and internally at JPMorgan Chase. My dissertation on the Process and Outcome of Career Counseling was nominated as Dissertation of the Year at the American Psychological Association.
More recently, I received my Life Coaching Certification through the Coach Training Alliance.