What I Do
I help people who have been impacted by life’s hardships and devastating moments find relief and live meaningful lives. I have 20 years of experience treating people affected by post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, workplace challenges, and parenting questions. I am psychodynamically trained and oriented, which means I work in depth with my clients to help them uncover dynamics from the past that impact them in the here and now to help them develop insight and capacity for change. I have found that talking can greatly reduce stress and distress and can lead to significant change. People tend to find immediate relief after beginning the process. I also practice Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is a specific type of treatment that helps people work through traumas and areas where they are stuck in their lives and greatly reduces symptoms associated with these traumas.
I have a specialty in helping first responders and military veterans. For 14 years I worked at the New York City Fire Department’s Counseling Service Unit, most recently as the Clinical Director, treating first responders affected by the trauma and loss of 9/11 and other job exposures, and helping 9/11 family members work through their traumatic losses. I also ran a case management program that assisted post-9/11 veterans at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. In addition to this I have worked extensively with victims of partner abuse and sexual abuse.
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
NEW YORK PSYCHOANALYTICAL SOCIETY AND INSTITUTE
PARNELL INSTITUTE (EMDR)
New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute
National Association of Social Workers
EMDR International Association
Women’s Mental Health Consortium