I am a licensed clinical psychologist, and have worked in private clinical settings since 2003 (CA license PSY24114; NY license 015999).
I have enjoyed conducting psychotherapy in various formats, conducting assessments, and teaching graduate students at New York University in child and adolescent psychology.
I have broad clinical experience, having trained and worked in various settings, including:
- a university-based mental health clinic
- community mental health clinics and private practices in rural and urban settings in Ohio, West Virginia, New York City, and Los Angeles
- residential drug rehabilitation units for adolescents and adults
- a hospital-based Mentally Impaired Chemical Abuse (MICA) day treatment program for adults
- a private company serving children and adolescents with learning disabilities
- ZOOGA yoga where I train potential instructors in the benefits of yoga for children with ADHD, Anxiety/Depression, and Autism
I have received specialized training in the treatment of:
- behavior and mood problems
- learning disabilities
- substance abuse
- sexual assault
My research background is in:
- domestic violence
- mother-child attachment and sibling communication
- depression, family communication, and race
- sexual assault treatment and prevention
- parent involvement in the classroom
- student involvement in the Individualized Education Plan process
I am particularly interested in working with children, adolescents, and their families on developing healthy relationships with self, family, peers, and school.
My approach to treatment is eclectic. I consider each individual as a component of a larger family system and each family system as a member of even larger school and community systems. Therefore, I value insights of parents and teachers and I keep in mind that healthy communication between people and systems feeds emotional well-being, relationship success, and academic achievement. My work with children and teens is informed by my belief that strong people are built on the shoulders of the people who surround and support them.
My approach stems from training in cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, systems, and interpersonal psychotherapy. I am flexible and will adjust my methods to individual personalities and goals. For example, I might implement a cognitive-behavioral-based reward/punishment system to improve behavior or attention and train parents and teachers in how to use it; a young adult client and I might choose to explore his history of loss and unconscious fear of abandonment; I might work with a mom and her adolescent to reach a compromise on screen limits and privileges at home; or therapy might primarily hinge on talking about current needs and dilemmas and through our relationship the child feels understood and safe and has room and confidence to develop her own solutions to her problems.