am a clinical social worker with my own private practice since 1986. I
always knew I would be a psychotherapist. Even in my high school yearbook,
under future profession, it said "psychiatric social worker." From the
age of 13, I worked at summer camps for disturbed and developmentally
disabled children. I always wanted to learn what made people tick. I was
especially interested in learning how to alleviate psychological suffering.
Studying how young children function is a good way to understand adults, since all of us have been children. I have come to understand that we don't lose the children we have been when we become adults. Instead, our adult selves evolve logically from our childhood development. I believe that we continue to grow emotionally and psychologically as adults, right up until death--that is, unless something stops us. Sometimes, things happen that are so bad, that our energy for developing skills and talents gets diverted. Then, all we can do is form "defenses," that is, ways of protecting ourselves, so that we will not be so vulnerable again.
Often, that is when people come to my office. They feel the need for psychotherapy when they "feel stuck." They don't know why, but they are not having fun, or enjoying their relationships or their work. They just don't feel happy. Sometimes it is worse than that. Sometimes people feel miserable and have felt that way for ages. They are burdened by repetitive bad thoughts and feelings about themselves, and feel worthless too much of the time. My job, as I see it, is to unlock the mysteries, and help my patients start their healthy adult development again, right where they left off.
B.A.:Child Development, Sarah Lawrence College1970
Childhood Education, New York University1972
Social Work, Columbia University1977
C.S.W.:Certification of Social Work practice by NY State1977
"R": Letter conferred to clinical social workers in private practice to permit insurance reimbursement of patients1985
Certification in Psychotherapy:
Hypnotherapy Training: Park Slope Center for Mental Health1995
EMDR Training (levels 1 and 2): EMDR Institute1998
Certified EMDR Practitioner: Conferred 2000
L.C.S.W.: Licensing by NY State (new state designation) to practice Clinical Social Work in private practice9/04
The New York State Society of Clinical Social Workers
EMDRIA (EMDR International Association)
Brooklyn Psychotherapist Network
Monthly EMDR peer group
Women's Therapy Center Association
Channel One TV: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and EMDR
Jewish Board of Family Services, Staten Island: EMDR
St. Ann's School: EMDR, for neuroanatomy class
Brooklyn Psychotherapist Network: EMDR
Women's Therapy Center Institute: EMDR
In Psychotherapy Program: Brooklyn Cable TV
PRO BONO WORK
Following the 9/11 disaster, joined with EMDR HAP (Humanitarian Assistance Program), in providing free psychotherapy to survivors, including NYC firefighters.