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-Antoine de Saint Exupery
I am a licensed clinical social worker in both New York and California. I maintained a private practice in New York City for over 23 years and recently relocated my practice to Berkeley, California in the East Bay. I continue to maintain a part time tele-therapy NY practice.
I provide psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults and couples. I also work with psychotherapists. My approach is highly integrative and holistic synthesizing mind- body (somatic experiencing, gestalt, mindfulness), psychodynamic, jungian- oriented, and transpersonal (eastern and western esoteric) approaches.
My clients tend to experience me as down to earth, warm and easy to relate to. I am also an empath and an intuitive and as such, I view our connection as something very sacred. When we work together, I tune into the higher wisdoms and energies that can assist us towards your healing and transformation. My loyalty is to you and what emerges in the relationship between us and not to fitting you into a system of theoretical knowledge or a medical model of disease/ health.
I received my Masters in Social Work in 1995 from Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work and worked for numerous mental health, trauma, family and addiction clinics throughout New York City.
My training includes over 15 years of study in Gestalt therapy (including Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy- a body focused gestalt approach) as well as studies in psychodynamic and modern psychoanalytic approaches. I was also trained in Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT) by some of the nation’s leading experts in CBT (including The Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) in OCD.
I’ve worked with children, adolescents and families for over 20 years in school based programs, outpatient clinics and private practice and I offer a unique approach to child therapy which combines mind body tools, mindfulness and a specialty in understanding highly sensitive children and adults who have been misunderstood and misdiagnosed by more traditional approaches.
I’ve also had an intensive meditation practice for many years and incorporate Eastern and Western spiritual practices that complement psychological and spiritual development including Buddhist Psychology, Kabbalah, Reiki and Astrology. In addition, I have been studying and training with Bonnie Greenwell, a transpersonal therapist around supporting people through Kundalini/ spiritual awakenings.
Most importantly, as a fellow human, I understand the complexities and subtleties of being a person in this complicated world we live in and can relate to personal struggle in very deep ways from my own continuous and enormous personal work and spiritual growth.
I believe we have the power to transcend our most painful traumas and this is because of our spirits’ innate longing to attain a sense of wholeness. I can help you strengthen and articulate a clearer psychological sense of “self” by helping you begin to heal your early societal and family conditioning. This helps create more space for you to embody more of your true nature which includes your intuition and inner wisdom.
I also enjoy lecturing and leading workshops, groups and trainings for clinicians, yoga practitioners, private and public schools and the general public on embodied living, coping with anxiety, mindfulness practices and spirituality. Places I have taught include: Barnard College, The NY Institute For Gestalt Therapy, The Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy, The Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy, The JCC of Manhattan, The Psychotherapy and Spirituality Institute, La Palestra Center for Preventative Medicine and the Chapin School for Girls in Manhattan.
Additionally, I recently published an article in the The British Gestalt Journal (http://www.therapyinmanhattan.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/07_Klein-1.pdf) which proposes a new way of working with and conceptualizing Obsessive Compulsive Process. I also have a chapter coming out in the forthcoming Gestalt therapy book on the Obsessive Spectrum of Experience which emphasizes the critical need for the mental health community to acknowledge neurodiversity and the overlooked population of highly sensitive children and adults.