My Approach to Helping
I am a licensed psychotherapist with 14 years of experience. I work with children, adolescents, adults and families who may be struggling with overwhelming feelings, disordered eating and body image issues, trauma, anxiety, depression or general life obstacles.
I wholeheartedly believe in the power to heal, change, and make meaning of experiences while moving toward personal goals. I also believe that the way you view yourself, your relationships with others, and the world is a gateway to the therapeutic experience. I am here to hold your hope and help access your resilience.
My clients would describe my warmth, compassion, use of humor and realism as a recipe for connection and safety within our relationship. I am an active participant during sessions and willing to be vulnerable to move my client to a place of challenge and change. I integrate several modalities into treatment such as short-term solution focused, cognitive behavioral, evidenced based trauma modalities, and mindfulness practices.
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My Professional Experience
Previously, the Clinical Director of HealingSPACE, a sexual violence program providing therapy, advocacy, prevention and resources through the YWCA of Bergen County. 2017-2019 served as the Site Director of the Renfrew Center of New York overseeing the clinical and daily operations of the partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs for individuals struggling with eating disorders.
2006-2017 I held positions such as Rape Crisis Coordinator, Clinical Supervisor and Director, at Safe Horizon, the nation’s largest victim services agency where I specialized in treating and advocating for survivors of trauma and interpersonal violence.
Trainings & Workshops
I have facilitated hundreds of workshops in all different settings ranging from elementary schools through colleges, spiritual & religious sites, parenting groups, professional or corporate settings, and large conferences. I can tailor my workshops to the needs of your audience. Some past topics include: sexual violence, consent, stalking, intimate partner violence, eating disorders, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, trauma and motherhood, body image, bystander intervention, mental health and emotional wellness, LGBTQIA, sexuality and gender identity, and legal and law enforcement advocacy.
My diverse experience in settings range from crisis intervention, the court system, hospitals, partial hospitalizationintensive outpatient programming, non-profit agencies, program development, curriculum development, and community outpatient clinics. I can provide one-time or ongoing consultation in these areas.
College of Staten Island . John Jay College of Criminal Justice . Hunter College . New York University Saint John’s University . Staten Island Campus . Wagner College . William Paterson University
Perinatal Mental Health Certification - Postpartum International
Certified Eating Disorder Specialist - International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals
Certified Expert Witness (Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence) NYC Courts
Post Master Certification Program in Advanced Clinical Practice – NYU School of Social Work
National Association Social Worker NYC Chapter (NASW) –Emerging Social Work Leader Award
Seminar in field instruction certification SIFI– NYU Silver School of Social Work
Bertram Beck Achievement Award for professionalism, care and compassion
New York State Department of Health Certified Rape Crisis Certification
New York & New Jersey LCSW Licensed
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
EMDR, Developmental and complex trauma, pregnancy and postpartum issues, Perinatal Mood Disorders, Eating Disorders