“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 23 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults. My approach is highly integrative and holistic, synthesizing mind- body (somatic), psychodynamic, gestalt, jungian, cognitive behavioral (cbt), mindfulness and eastern and western esoteric approaches. I am currently studying Somatic Experiencing (a cutting edge approach to healing trauma).
My clients tend to describe me as down to earth, warm and easy to relate to. I am also an empath and an intuitive so in essence, I am a healer as well as a therapist. This means that 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 our work towards 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 17 years of study in Gestalt therapy and Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy as well as studies in psychodynamic and modern psychoanalytic approaches. Additionally, I was 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’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 and intuitive children who have been misunderstood by more traditional approaches.
I’ve also had an intensive meditation practice for many years and am well versed in mindfulness as well as Eastern and Western spiritual practices that complement psychological and spiritual development including Buddhist Psychology, Kabbalah, Reiki and Astrology.
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 clear psychological sense of “self” by helping you transcend your early societal and family conditioning, making space for your intuition and inner wisdom to shine through you.
I also 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.