Education + Post-Graduate Training

New York University - Graduate Level

NYUSSW- Post-Master's Certificate Programs - Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Advanced Clinical Practice, Clinical Approaches To The Addictions, Clinical Practice With Adolescents, Spirituality And Social Work, Executive Coaching

William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis & Psychology - Eating Disorders, Compulsions & Addictions EDCAS:  A course of study that integrates the concepts of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis with those of other treatment modalities and provides a concentrated, practice-oriented educational experience to mental health professionals who work in these areas.

Institute for Life Coach Training - The Institute for Life Coach specializes in training therapists to translate their therapeutic expertise into coaching skills.

EMDR - Advanced level I & II Transforming Trauma with EMDR Comprehensive Training, EMDRIA approved and supervised  -  Training with Lauren Parnell, PhD, internationally respected EMDR trainer and master therapist.  Participated in 80 hour didactic training and 20 hour mandatory supervision with an EMDRIA-approved consultant. This training was approved by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA).

Brainspotting Applications for this technique with children, adolescents and adults include trauma, PTSD, complex PTSD, dissociation, attachment disorders, ADHD, somatic conditions, performance and creative blocks, sports psychology, and most DSM diagnoses.

DBT - Dialectical Behavior Therapy Training - Behavioral Tech, LLC

Bridging the Couple Chasm - Gottman Couples Therapy: A Research-Based Approach - The Gottman Institute

Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy - (PRYT)

Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Training Program (UZIT), RYT 500-Yoga Alliance)- Donna Karan's groundbreaking initiative with Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman Yee, Richard Freeman, Richard Rosen, Geoffrey Roniger, Pamela Miles, Tracy Griffiths, Lena Falth, Koshin Paley Ellison, Robert Chodo Campbell and Roshi Joan Halifax. The UZIT program includes training in yoga therapy, essential oil therapy with Young Living Oils, Reiki, nutrition, and contemplative end-of-life care.  The 12-month curriculum, now in partnership with Yoga Works,  included clinical rotations conducted at Beth Israel Medical Center. 

PRACTICE INFORMATION + PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

INDIVIDUAL THERAPY, GROUP THERAPY, RELATIONSHIP COUNSELING, CONSULATION, SUPERVISION, EMDR + ADJUNCTIVE EMDR THERAPY + ONLINE COUNSELING SESSIONS

As an integrative psychotherapist, I'm delighted to offer a unique approach to emotional health and healing. My goal is to blend contemporary psychological practices, intuitive guidance and the wisdom of the ancient healing arts. The heart and soul of my approach is to help clients develop insight, self-awareness, self-acceptance, authenticity, self integration, respect for one's body, embodiment, healthy boundaries and self-care practices. 

PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR ADOLESCENTS + ADULTS

Individual adolescent and adult therapy is provided in my Manhattan office, and depending on client concerns, online using Skype or a HIPPA compliant platform. An initial consultation is the best way to determine if your particular needs and goals can be addressed using short-term or long-term psychotherapy. I have advanced post-graduate training in a variety of helpful techniques such as: EMDR Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy or DBT, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Focusing, Gottman, Emotionally Focused Therapy or
EFT and Mindfulness. After an initial assessment, I will give you my opinion, and together, we can discuss your needs and create a treatment plan. We will also consider the duration of treatment and the approach or combination that will serve your goals. I have expertise in anxiety and mood disorders, addictions, compulsions, eating disorders, relationship problems, sexuality, identity concerns, self-defeating patterns and self-sabbotage, lack of purpose, goal setting, spirituality, family of origin issues, trauma/PTSD, attachment issues, self-esteem, transitions, loss, wellness coaching and an integrative therapy approach that addresses chronic pain and medical challenges. 

COACHING, STRATEGIZING + MENTORING

Coaching is not therapy. Coaching clients are goal-oriented individuals who seek results in their lives. Hiring a coach who is skilled to uncover obstacles, as well as guide and support your "best self," is a powerful resource. Having support and guidance as you practice new behaviors can be incredibly helpful. Some individuals seek an expert "strategist" to guide efforts towards growth and change. Coaching unearths the stubborn and often hidden, negative self-concepts that keep people anchored in their present reality. Identifying these unhelpful concepts helps clients move forward. Often, a positive and renewed sense of energy will emerge as soon as one begins the coaching process. Partnering with a life coach can be supportive, encouraging and empowering, and can help clients navigate change, restoring or creating balance and fulfillment. Whether it’s taking control of one's health, losing weight, career issues, focusing on goal-attainment, repairing a relationship, getting "unstuck" or transitioning to a new chapter in life, coaching can provide the needed inspiration and support one desires. Working with a licensed trained psychotherapist can yield exceptional results. Therapists have the necessary skills and tools that can be used when longstanding and resistant patterns interfere with progress. I regularly offer EMDR for blocks and peak-performance enhancement, mindfulness, meditation techniques, solution-focused strategies or cognitive and behavior techniques to my clients, combined with coaching strategies to help "stuck" clients move forward.

RELATIONSHIP COUNSELING + COUPLES THERAPY

I've successfully worked with many couples who desire a healthier and more satisfying relationship. I work with many high-functioning couples who would like to enhance their relationship and reestablish intimacy and connection. I also work with individuals at various stages of relationships including: newly-formed relationships, couples seeking pre-marital counseling and guidance, new parents seeking support, those considering separation or divorce and the newly single and ready to date. I draw from attachment-based theory, helping couples understand their own attachment style as well as that of their partner. Clients can learn to communicate their needs and "hear" the needs of their partner, as well as develop a shared vision or goals, learn acceptance and compassion for self and the other, heal from infidelity and develop new skills. Clients also are guided to identify and de-escalate triggers, address sex and intimacy concerns and understand how the past and family of origin issues may be impacting the relationship in the present. I use my training from The Gottman Institute, as well as Emotionally Focused Therapy or EFT and Non-Violent Communication or NVC to support my work with couples.

EMDR THERAPY + BRAINSPOTTING

As an EMDRIA-approved, level I + II trained EMDR therapist, I have enjoyed great success with clients using EMDR therapy for a variety of chronic, longstanding difficulties as well as recent traumatic incidents. EMDR psychotherapy can be a stand-alone treatment or integrated into ongoing talk therapy sessions to speed the healing process. As a New York City-based EMDR specialist, I provide trauma resolution for PTSD symptoms, and healing for attachment deficits, developmental traumas, medical trauma and chronic physical and emotional abuse. Additionally, EMDR is an effective therapy for anxiety, obsessions, phobias, compulsions, panic attacks, depression, self-esteem, eating disorders, addictions and more. For individuals with anxiety, emotion regulation problems and in addiction recovery, elements of EMDR therapy can help clients develop and strengthen self-soothing inner resources. A combination of EMDR and coaching is an effective treatment combination for sports and peak performance enhancement and creative and performance blocks. Brainspotting, another technique developed by David Grand, PhD, combined with EMDR psychotherapy is a technique I use to address attachment issues, unresolved trauma, pre-verbal trauma and performance problems. 

CONSULTATIONS + REFERRALS

I provide consultation sessions that are time-limited and problem or goal-focused. Some individuals and families consult with a mental health professional for educational purposes, a clinical assessment or diagnosis, a second opinion, help with a personal or life challenge, support for a difficult transition or crisis and to obtain resources to other collateral support such as psychiatrists or treatment facilities such as rehabs for addictions and eating disorders. Clinical consultations allow a client, parent or family member to explore concerns, probem-solve with a professional and make decisions or changes in their lives that move them forward when they feel unsupported or "stuck." I am delighted to share my trusted resources to complementary, alternative and conventional medical referrals in New York City and beyond. Consultations are not psychotherapy and can be done long distance using an online service such as Skype, Google, FaceTime or via telephone sessions. 

INTEGRATIVE THERAPY, COACHING, MINDFULNESS, STRESS REDUCTION + SELF-CARE PRACTICES

My interest in mind-body techniques and complementary medicine has allowed me to journey to some amazing places including workshops and training opportunities. Using my training with the Urban Zen Foundation and my yoga therapy training (RYT 200 + 500 hours), I help clients address anxiety insomnia, stress, trauma and chronic illness using a combination of guided imagery, breathing techniques, body scans, meditation and mindfulness. I've studied aromatherapy and Reiki and still enjoy both, including self-Reiki and Reiki with clients, friends and family. Using the brilliance of neuroplasticity, western psychological theory, and the power of cutting-edge nutrition, yoga therapy, chakra work and other somatic psychotherapies, I truly enjoy helping clients who are open to these techniques heal on many levels. Together we can decide what would work best for your particular needs. Some examples of integrative therapy include: mindfulness training, lifestyle recommendations (nutrition, meditation, exercise, yoga and sleep), boundary work, creative play, journaling, somatic therapy and more. 

SUPERVISION + PRIVATE PRACTICE DEVELOPMENT

I enjoy helping new practitioners such as social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, licensed mental health counselors and psychologists develop and build their private practices. I am happy to provide clinical supervision for cases, and I especially enjoy helping interested therapists blend mind-body medicine and complementary techniques into their existing psychotherapy practices.

PSYCHOTHERAPY, COACHING + CONSULTATION SERVICES

  • Depression and mood disorders

  • Anxiety and compulsive disorders

  • Eating disorders, emotional eating and body image issues

  • Borderline Personality Disorder BPD

  • Adolescents problems (behavioral, emotional, family, academic challenges)

  • Marriage, couples, relationship problems

  • Celebrity, gifted and talented individuals

  • Grief, loss, bereavement, life transitions

  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)

  • Addictions, drug addiction, process addictions, substance abuse, behavioral disorders, alcoholism

  • Sexual addiction

  • Adult survivors of abuse

  • Adult children of alcoholics (ACOA)

  • Dissociation, complex PTSD, emotion regulation difficulties

  • Childhood, developmental trauma, traumatic events, accidents, medical trauma

  • Self-harm, self-sabotage, self-defeating behaviors

  • Self-esteem issues, negative self-concept

  • Performance blocks using EMDR therapy

  • Surviving and managing relationships with borderline or narcissistic individuals or partners

  • Men’s issues, career concerns, sexual difficulties, work/life balance

  • Women’s issues, career concerns, transitions, parenting, caretaking, hormone imbalance

  • Environmental stressors, crisis management

  • Phase of life issues, aging

  • Sexual and relationship issues for individuals and couples

  • LGBT concerns, alternative lifestyles

  • Work, creativity and career issues

  • Life purpose, existential, spiritual concerns

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 

  • Individual, couples, marital, family, group therapy

  • Weekend intensive workshops for couples

  • Coordination of services with school, medical practitioners, legal counsel, etc

  • Consultation and evaluation for potential in-patient residential treatment

  • Parent and new parent education, coaching

  • Addiction evaluations, assessments, referrals to medical and allied professionals in New York City and beyond

  • Executive coaching

  • Peak performance coaching

  • Clinical supervision, private practice building business, consulting

  • Presentations, workshops

  • Mindfulness, meditation instruction, stress management

  • Recovery support for individuals including their families

  • Self-care, well-being, burnout support and coaching

THERAPY APPROACHES

  • Psychodynamic, relational, interpersonal psychotherapy

  • Mindfulness, meditation support

  • EMDR therapy

  • Focusing techniques

  • Brainspotting 

  • Crisis counseling

  • Short-term, goal-oriented therapy

  • CBT

  • DBT skills

MODALITIES OFFERED

  • Individual

  • Marriage and relationships

  • Family

  • Group

  • Consultation

  • Coaching

  • Clinical supervision

  • Online via telephone, Skype, FaceTime or a HIPPA compliant service