“And the day came when the risk to stay tight in a bud was more painful than the risk to blossom”- Anais Nin
My therapeutic style is to be an active, supportive, present person in the room. I believe that the relationship between therapist and patient is pivotal to healing and making changes in one's life. Staying present with the issues and goals that an individual brings into the treatment is very important. Therapy often looks different for each individual. Some people are interested in developing coping skills, processing trauma, engaging with their sexuality or gender, managing stress, or exploring past history and it's impact on present emotions and behaviors. My experience and training in various modalities allows me to develop fluid treatment to address many different issues.
I also believe very strongly in mind body connections and often incorporate mindfulness techniques, meditation and yoga, when individuals are open to these methods.
I received my undergraduate degree from Skidmore College and my masters degree from Columbia University School of Social Work. I have completed the Intensive Psychodynamic Psychoanalytic Program from the William Alanson White Institute, EMDR level 1, Ackerman Institute for the Family and certificate training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). I am committed to continued education and developing more skills that will be useful for my patients.
I received my Yoga Alliance 200 hour training from Laughing Lotus, in NYC in 2008 and completed a 40 hour training in Trauma Sensitive Yoga. Through various trainings and time teaching workshops and classes I hold certification as an E-RYT, registered with Yoga Alliance.
I have worked with people struggling with chronic mental illness and substance abuse issues at Payne Whitney Clinic at New York Presbyterian Hospital inpatient psychiatric unit and was a staff clinician at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, Center for Anorexia and Bulimia. I facilitated various DBT based groups in the partial hospital program at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
I spent many years working with college and graduate students at Counseling Psychological Services at Columbia University. I was a member of the Eating Disorder Team, Couples Counseling Supervision Group, and the Outreach Team. Here I enjoyed working with students individually, in groups and with couples who were navigating various relationship and sexuality concerns.
My particular clinical interests include
-College age concerns and transitional issues
-Gender Identity Issues, Trans and Gender Queer Affirmative Therapy (Individual and Couples Therapy)
-Sexuality and Intimacy concerns
-Couples Therapy (Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and Sex Therapy)
-Eating and body image concerns
-Anxiety, adjustment and depression issues