My Approach to Helping
I believe in creating a therapeutic environment in which a patient can be free to explore their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors without judgement, with a therapist who can provide insight that assists patients in identifying core values, schemas, and beliefs that are not serving them well. Together, the goals are to create a plan that results in a healthier more balanced life. It is my belief that everyone can benefit from psychotherapy in order to attain these goals.
My psychological areas of interest are cluster B personality disorders as well as social psychology. I enjoy writing and blogging about psychology and how it helps us understand and improve humanity. In my free time, you’ll find me with my little boys and husband, participating as an activist to support a free-thinking & humane society, enjoying game nights with friends, reading, exploring aromatherapy and yoga, as well as returning to my hometown of New York City.
More Info About My Practice
I am licensed in New Jersey as a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. I am also an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at a local college where I teach undergraduates psychology and sociology as well as a Ph.D student studying Clinical Psychology. I earned my Master’s Degree in Psychology from Northcentral University with CACREP accredited coursework in marriage and family therapy. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Letters and Society with a minor in psychology from the City University of New York, after which time I lived in a variety of states around the country as a military spouse.
I have been trained in systems theory, which looks at the interaction and effect each aspect of a system has on another, whether it be a family or society as a whole. My clinical training included working at an outpatient setting, where I provided diagnoses and treatment to a variety of patients with differing mental health issues.
My particular approach to psychotherapy combines my systems theory training with clinical psychology and consists of evidence-based treatment methods. These include, but are not limited to: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, psycho-education, and positive psychology.
My experience as a postpartum doula allowed me to assist new mothers and their families with newborn care, parenting and the lifestyle changes that come with parenthood, including postpartum depression and anxiety. I have many years of experience working with developmental disabilities as well as working with parents involved with the court system to assist in the prevention and treatment of abuse/neglect.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
ADHD, Adoption, Alcohol Abuse, Anger Management, Antisocial Personality, Anxiety, Asperger's Syndrome, Autism, Behavioral Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality, Career Counseling, Child or Adolescent, Chronic Illness, Chronic Impulsivity, Chronic Pain, Codependency, Coping Skills,Depression, Developmental Disorders, Divorce, Domestic Abuse, Domestic Violence, Dual Diagnosis, Eating Disorders, Emotional Disturbance, Family Conflict, Gambling, Grief, Hoarding, Infertility, Infidelity, Intellectual Disability, Internet Addiction, Learning Disabilities, Life Coaching, Life Transitions, Marital and Premarital, Medication Management, Men's Issues, Narcissistic Personality, Obesity, Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD), Oppositional Defiance, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum, Relationship Issues, School Issues, Self Esteem, Self-Harming, Sex Therapy, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Addiction, Sleep or Insomnia, Spirituality, Stress, Suicidal Ideation, Teen Violence, Testing and Evaluation, Transgender, Trauma and PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, Video Game Addiction, Weight Loss, Women's Issues