My Approach to Helping
In my first years as a licensed psychotherapist, I often became frustrated with the traditional process of analysis. I would work with intelligent people who were fully aware of why they were still engaging in whatever the problem or unwanted behavior was. Whether it was repeating the same unhealthy relationship over and over again or knowing what triggers their anger, clients ?knew? why it was happening but couldn't break the cycle.
The more I tried to figure out how to help break the cycle, the more I realized how it is related to how our brain functions and reacts in a pre-conscious way to stimuli. For example, have you ever blurted something out and, almost in the same moment, tried to cover your mouth in an effort to stop yourself? It?s because our brain has a conscious and subconscious. The same part of your brain that keeps you safe is also the part that will react before you are consciously aware of what it's about to do.
Fortunately, there are techniques and therapies that allow us to intervene at a subconscious level so that we can literally create new responses to the same triggers. I find clients feel a sense of freedom when they find out that they can retrain behaviors that were once unhealthy. It makes sense to me that, if our minds are conditioned or wired to react a certain way, then it can also be re-conditioned to act in a healthier way. I know that gives me a sense of relief as we learn so many lessons throughout life unintentionally that we can now intentionally change for the better.
I start with a client-centered approach where I utilize evidence based treatments to help my clients experience relief, peace, and success. I love meeting people, exploring how they define their goals, and then doing everything I can to help them achieve it.
I work with people of all ages within my specializations of anxiety, depression, stress reduction, procrastination, relationships, tinnitus, and chronic illness. I have found that the tools I use are also very effective with ADHD, improved focus, sports enhancement and career advancement.
More Info About My Practice
I have over 17 years of experience as a licensed psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, administrator, speaker, and author. I was awarded my post-graduate degree from Fordham University and hold a license, in clinical social work, in New York State.
In addition to traditional psychotherapy, I worked with special needs children for 10 years as a play therapist and family counselor. My qualifications also include 2 certifications in hypnotherapy, advanced certification in hypnoanalysis and regression therapy, training in Psychosexual Dysfunction, cognitive behavioral intervention, certificates in Broadband for the Brain, Warriors, Settlers, and Nomads, Relationship Repair, and Ego State Therapy.
I am certified in BrainWorking Recursive Technique (BWRT) for general psychopathology as well as the psychology of identity and behavior. I am a founding member of the British BrainWorking Research Society. My qualifications in BWRT have awarded me the opportunity to supervise BWRT trainees and practitioners in addition to administering certification assessments.
With over 13 years of experience, I am certified in tinnitus treatment and co-author of "Tinnitus: Turning the Volume Down (Revised and Expanded)". I have worked with those suffering from tinnitus (also referred to as ringing of the ears or ringing in the ears) throughout the United States, Canada, South America, United Kingdom, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, and Germany. I have presented and have been interviewed on the topic of treating tinnitus effectively in the U.S., England, and Austria.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
One of my specializations is tinnitus. Also known as ringing in the ears, I have co-authored a book, Tinnitus: Turning the Volume Down and have successfully helped tinnitus sufferers habituate and/or experience remission for over 13 years. Too often my clients are told that there is nothing they can do when there are always options to experience relief when there is something you can do to get well.
I specialize in anxiety, depression, and fears. I have found hypnotherapy and BrainWorking Recursive Therapy (BWRT), combined with complimentary techniques to be more effective and, quite often, a faster way of experiencing positive change. One can focus on the root of the issue while acquiring valuable tangible tools to use on a daily basis. As a resolution and solution focused practice, you can make connections that have gone unnoticed in your conscious mind as you store all of your habits and emotions at the subconscious level. Hypnotherapy allows you to tap into underused resources to empower insight and peace while BWRT can change a behavior or response in as little as one session.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I enjoy the process of working together as we can always learn from one another. I know I will always learn from those I work with while I work diligently to help improve their lives. We all come to this point with a set of different experiences and genetic memory. As we explore those experiences that influence who you are, I tailor treatment to what works best for you. The beauty in being human is that we can have similar stories or feelings and yet still be so unique in our behavior and perception. I look forward to getting to know you so we can make long lasting positive changes.