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 twenty 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 very down to earth, warm and easy to relate to.

I received my Masters in Social Work in 1995 from Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work and worked for numerous mental health and addiction clinics throughout New York City. I also studied and trained in Gestalt therapy and Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy for 16 years.

In addition, I am trained in psychoanalytic theory and practice with a focus on self-psychology, intersubjectivity and  currently in modern psychoanalysis.  I was trained in Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT) for children, adolescents and adults by some of the nation’s leading experts in CBT as well as Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) training 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) and most recently in the Center for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder which treats children, adolescents and adults with OCD, OC spectrum disorders, anxiety disorders and hoarding.

I spent many years studying meditation, mindfulness and Eastern and Western spiritual practices that complement psychological 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.  I also studied Buddhist Psychology, Kabbalah, Reiki and currently 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 having engaged in and continuing to engage in an 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.

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. Some of the places I have run trainings for 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. I have also published articles related to activism and Jewish Communal issues which have appeared in The Forward and Israel’s Haaretz.