photo 2(1)It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.

-Antoine de Saint Exupery

 

I am a licensed clinical social worker on the Upper West Side of New York City with over 22 years of experience treating children, adolescents and adults. My approach is highly integrative and holistic, synthesizing somatic (mind- body), psychodynamic, gestalt, jungian, cognitive behavioral (cbt), mindfulness and eastern and western spiritual approaches. My clients tend to describe me as down to earth, warm and easy to relate to. I am also an empath and an intuitive which means I am a healer as well as a therapist. This means I view our work together as something very sacred and that as we work, I am aware of being guided by higher wisdoms and energies that assist you in your healing and transformation. My loyalty is to you and what emerges in the field between us and not to fitting you into a system of theoretical knowledge.

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 and addiction clinics throughout New York City. I also studied and trained in Gestalt therapy and Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy for over 17 years.

In addition, I have had training in psychoanalytic theory and in modern psychoanalysis.  I was also trained in Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT)  by some of the nation’s leading experts in CBT and addiction as well as by The Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) in OCD and OC spectrum disorders from the International OCD Foundation. I practiced Cognitive Behavioral therapy at Mount Sinai for over 11 years in a variety of specialty clinics there including The Traumatic Stress Studies Program, The Child After-Trauma Care and Health Program (CATCH), addiction clinics and the Center for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

I spent many years studying and practicing meditation, mindfulness and Eastern and Western spiritual practices that complement psychological and spiritual growth and development.  I have been very  influenced by the teachings and writings of  Jiddu Krishnamurti, Alan Watts, Jack Kornfield, Carl Jung and Ram Dass and I have studied Buddhist Psychology, Kabbalah, Reiki, Intuitive Work and Astrology.

Most importantly, as a fellow human, I understand the complexities and subtleties of being a person in this complex world we live in and can relate to personal struggle in very deep ways from my own continuous and enormous amount of personal work and spiritual awakening.

I believe in the power of our human spirit to transcend some of the most unspeakable traumas and our spirits’ innate longing to attain a sense of wholeness. In my work as a therapist, I  honor the simultaneous and complementary needs for both a clear psychological  sense of”self” and an awareness of our capacity to transcend our conditioned psychological “self” and honor our intuition and inner wisdom.

Additionally, I lecture and lead workshops, groups and trainings for clinicians, yoga practitioners, private schools and the 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.