257 15th Street — Suite 203
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Modes of Treatment
Individuals, Couples, Families, Child and Supervision
Age Range of Patients
Aetna, BCBS, Beacon, Cigna, Healthfirst, Medicare, Optum; out of network for all others.
$150 — $225
ADHD, Bipolar Conditions, Depression, Disabilities, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues, Grief, Separation and Mourning, Health Issues, Relationship Issues, Sexual Abuse, Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stressa
EMDR, Parent Consultation, Psychoanalysis / Psychoanalytic psychotherapy
Additional Certification or Specialized Training
3 yr Child Therapy training at NYIPT
CBT certificate working with depressed or traumatized children
Phi Beta Kappa
National Honor Society
My approach to working with people has evolved over the past 18 years, but my core belief, understanding the whole person, remains unchanged. People are affected by their physical and emotional health, social environment, relationships, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and day to day living. Individuals are diverse, face many challenges, and have many strengths. Therapy helps people capitalize on their strengths to overcome life's challenges.
I provide play and talk therapy working with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples. I specialize in childhood disorders, trauma, visual impairments, chronic pain, low self-esteem, and LGBTQ issues. Fifteen years in community mental health provides me with the experience to work with all ages, diagnoses and issues. .
I have 3 years of post-graduate training working with children, adolescents and parents, and am trained in EMDR. I have provided workshops on diabetes, trauma, and most recently on working with children, adolescents, and parents managing LGBTQ issues.
Social work is a second career for me. It became a goal that developed from my personal experience of major medical issues, numerous surgeries, and the trauma of becoming legally blind at the age of 29. Working toward my masters' degree was challenging for me, because I needed to learn how to navigate the world without relying on my vision.
I realized that with a strong, caring support system trauma becomes much more manageable. Because trauma is stored in our memories, it impacts us emotionally and physically. It impacts negatively on our thoughts, fears, belief in ourselves and others.
While I was in NYU's graduate social work program I was drawn to articles, books and classes where I learned more about trauma. My passion to learn more about trauma and the impact it has on people's lives started early as I began to understand that my own mother was a Holocaust survivor. Learning about second generation trauma was part of my journey.
When I started my post graduate training I was given the opportunity to build a child program at the outpatient mental health clinic where I worked. As I began doing intakes and assessments for children, I realized how many of them had experienced some form of trauma, and were in need of therapy.
I began working at the clinic in July 2001, shortly before September 11. In its aftermath, I worked with 9/11 survivors and first responders. Many people who thought they doing okay discovered that the trauma would not go away.
I worked with a young boy who was 9 when the twin towers fell. He never spoke about it. On the one-year anniversary of 9/11, he spent the entire session sketching, which he often did. This time it was different. At the end of the session he presented the picture to me. It was a very detailed picture of September 11th in lower Manhattan.. He had witnessed it from his school room. The picture showed the building collapse, the fire, first responders running in, people running and/or jumping from the buildings, ambulances, etc. This was the first time he was able to express what he was holding on to so tightly. It was then that I knew that learning more about trauma was imperative for the therapist I wanted to be.
My practice base is connected to strong goals and a deep need to face my own countertransference. I look for continuing education classes in areas that are of great importance to my life. Many of my clients have similar types of disabilities and medical issues.
My mother experienced chronic pain throughout her life because of her life at Auschwitz. For this reason, I am drawn to working with clients suffering from chronic pain.
I am drawn to working with people who have experienced trauma, loss, and sexual abuse. Since my EMDR, I have been working with WTC survivors and responders. Using EMDR has been extremely successful.
I started as a fee-for-service clinician in an outpatient mental health clinic, built and became director of the child therapy program, where I began supervising clinicians and interns. As Executive Director of the agency, it was difficult to continue supervising clinicians. Now, in my private practice I have returned to the role of supervisor to several clinicians, helping them become a part of the next generation of committed social workers.
Losing my vision was traumatic, but it was also an unforeseen gift. It led me on a journey to become a therapist, which I find fulfilling, satisfying, and exciting. It also keeps me learning and open to everything possible.
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