I work with young adults and adults (ages 17 and up) struggling with emotional distress. As a licensed psychologist, I provide psychotherapy to those experiencing acute or chronic depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and panic disorders, low self-esteem, problems in interpersonal relationships, and those who have Borderline Personality Disorder and/or engage in self-injurious and suicidal behaviors.
I also am a career coach and provide career coaching to individuals who are seeking a career transition, trying to advance in their present careers or embarking on a job search.
What specific things do you do?
While I was trained in psychodynamic and insight-oriented psychotherapy, my therapeutic approach has evolved over the years. I believe that Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), as an empirically-supported approach, is extremely effective in treating depression and anxiety. I received the Intensive Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) through Behavioral Tech, which is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy that also uses Mindfulness and behavioral interventions to help individuals develop coping skills and help regulate emotions. It is an extremely effective treatment approach with individuals who have Borderline Personality Disorder and who engage in different forms of self-injurious behaviors. I strongly believe that every client is unique. Every person I see has unique challenges, coping skills, strengths and abilities. What may work for one person may be ineffective for another. There cannot, and SHOULD NOT be a cookie-cutter approach to therapy.
What services do you offer?
I offer individual and group psychotherapy in my office in Melville. I will also work with couples, primarily when my client is having difficulties in his or her relationship with significant others. If necessary, I may offer family therapy. I am experienced in messaging and teletherapy and offer messaging, teletherapy and videotherapy. I have worked for BetterHelp.com, the largest psychotherapy online platform.
What is the process to start working with you?
I offer a free introductory call before setting up an appointment with clients. This is typically a 20-30 minute call and I can be reached at (631) 334-0678. During this free session, we can get a better sense of whether we are a good fit. I do know it is scary to pick up the phone and make that first call. I will listen to your needs, what is happening right now for you, and I can explain the process of therapy. During the call, we can decide whether you prefer to be seen in person or have teletherapy/videotherapy sessions.
Why choose me as your counselor, therapist, or coach?
I have been a practicing psychotherapist for over 30 years and in diverse clinical settings. I believe that learning never ends and with three decades in practice, I’ve continued to study and train in new empirically-supported psychotherapeutic interventions. In addition, with experience, comes wisdom. I’ve learned that no two people are the same, even if they are both experiencing depression or anxiety. I am flexible in my approaches to each person that I work with. I use CBT, DBT, insight-oriented therapies, solution-focused interventions, as well as elements of Positive Psychology. As a Certified Life Coach, I also work on helping people identify goals and empower them to work towards reaching these goals. I build rapport and trust with my clients easily. I believe that both the diversity of settings that I have worked in (from college counseling centers, to EAP’s, to inpatient psychiatric units), as well as my dedication to lifelong learning, has enabled me to embrace the diversity of the population as well as the uniqueness of each and every person. I, myself, have not been exempt from life challenges. I went through a period in my life when I ,too, struggled with depression and anxiety and I believe this has only strengthened my ability to understand and empathize with what my clients are feeling. I studied with Dr. Nancy Schlossberg, perhaps the foremost theorist on Adults in Transition. I use her transition theory to help adults who are going through many different types of transitions – from making a career transition, becoming a first-time parent to empty nest syndrome and the stages of retirement. I have been published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology and other professional journals and my research has been cited in over 100 research articles.