Following my graduate training at Columbia University, I received postgraduate supervision at the American Cognitive Behavior Institute and Certification in Maternal Mental Health from the 20/20 Mom project as well as trainings in mindfulness technique, play therapy, exposure therapy, focus therapy, creative gestalt therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy which I draw upon in my work at Tribeca Therapy.
Since 2005, I have worked with adults, adolescents, children, expectant and new mothers, families and couples, and supervised therapists and students. Despite this diversity of patients, I find many share feelings of isolation and benefit from a place where they can open up their hearts and minds. For hopeful, expectant and postpartum parents and families–including multicultural, interracial and non-traditional families, I create a space for expressing their experiences with new or continued parenthood where they can slow down and tell their stories. Whereas with teens, I find they often seem closed-off or defensive when this is just a shell to hide underexplored and under-expressed emotions and experiences. I encourage teens to share both what they are struggling with and what they would like to create.
My training at the American Cognitive Behavior Institute was formative in that this evidence-based practice offers tools to help people tackle problems in a real way. However, the practice felt lacking by not offering the space to look backwards and understand the complexity behind unhelpful patterns and more chronic issues such as depression. I have coined the way that I utilize this method as “CBT Plus,” which reflects how I develop deep relationships with people to help them understand the root of issues in order to restructure both behavior and cognition.
A trained and passionate musician, my practice is inspired by holistic and integrative theories that inform a practice that is expressed uniquely with each individual patient with whom I work. I am inspired to help others discover how to get creative and how to develop a voice which is integral to emotional development.
I bring joy and commitment to therapy and feel both are essential for the process of examining and developing our lives. I am committed to seriously looking at pain and potential development that each person has the ability to work and create. I am known for my dogged persistence–a commitment to doing whatever it takes to help my patients thrive.