From the first consultation, I see my clients breathe a sigh of relief. There are no fluorescent lights overhead and exposed white brick replaces Monet replicates. My suite is comfortably sandwiched between creative individuals. I feel the energy of the neighborhood course through the walls and seek to embody that feeling with my clients in a collaborative, individualized experience.
While the symptoms, problems or goals that bring you or your loved ones into therapy can be daunting, therapy should not be. Together, we will utilize your strengths, uncover pitfalls, and alleviate behaviors/thoughts that no longer serve you. My clients range from children, adolescents, adults and families; however, they all have one thing in common: they leave my office visibly lighter than when they stepped in and tell me they actually have fun along the way. My clients experience meaningful change in our work together. Rise to a better self and a healthier tomorrow.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist, yoga instructor and healthy living enthusiast. I completed my Doctorate in Psychology at Pace University and also have a Master’s in Education. I am a former graduate level assistant professor and faculty member of Mount Sinai. My clinical experience is invaluable but my passion for the Brooklyn community has brought me to private practice full-time. I offer holistic and empirically supported interventions and strongly believe in the mind-body connection. I enjoy providing therapy to a broad range of clients from diverse populations. I also conduct comprehensive evaluations that assess intellectual, academic and emotional functioning.
Therapy is a collaborative process that can bring growth to your life. I provide a highly supportive environment that fosters exploration, honesty and curiosity. Therapy has the ability to answer difficult questions and reunite people, whether it is to others or to forgotten parts of themselves. Safety, attunement and rapport are at the heart of good therapy. While the process of therapy is different for each person, these fundamentals hold constant.
Clients find themselves at my office for various reasons. Some are looking for symptom relief while others are looking to achieve personal goals that feel out of their reach. The process of starting therapy can be an intimidating one; I strive to alleviate your fears and offer empowerment at the onset. My experience and interests have led me to utilize an integrative approach. I incorporate multiple evidence-based interventions including: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness/Relaxation Strategies, Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) and Relational Psychotherapy. My approach also honors the belief that people exist in relation to their lifestyle habits and environment.
Areas of Expertise Include:
Children benefit enormously from a place in which they can act out thoughts and feelings their young minds may not fully be able to express via language. Play is a child’s primary communicative tool. Through it, themes emerge as well as an opportunity to improve emotional regulation and behavioral control. Is your child sensitive or suffering from low self-esteem? Is it difficult for him/her to make friends? Are you and your partner going through troubled times and fearful these conflicts are having a negative effect? If so, therapy can help. I offer and encourage parent guidance sessions as a supplement to child work. Additionally, with your consent, I often work as a consultant liaison with school personnel.
Young adults can also benefit from therapy. Adolescence is a developmental period filled with great changes and identity formation. During these formative years, individuals can benefit from a place where feelings can be understood prior to acting upon them. I help build coping skills so my clients can adaptively face personal and social challenges they face on a daily basis. I also provide family therapy sessions to enhance the efficacy of treatment.
I conduct comprehensive psychological and personality assessments for children and adolescents in the following areas: intellectual functioning, learning abilities, emotional functioning, coping skills and strengths/weaknesses.
I work as a liaison with school professionals and can make recommendations to help facilitate academic and social success. I will review reports in detail with parents and all interested parties. I am also happy to continue working with clients I have evaluated and believe our testing experience puts me in a unique position to target goal areas.