Talking Ted Talks
• Susan Cain - The Power of Introverts
• Brene Brown - The Power of Vulnerability
• Brene Brown - Listening to shame
• Andy Puddicombe - All it takes is 10 mindful minutes
• Cameron Russell - Looks aren't everything. Believe me, I'm a model
• Amy Cuddy - Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are
Organizations, Campaigns & Foundations
- Urban Zen Foundation
- Coalition For The Homeless
- The Nature Conservancy
- New York Cares
- Sanctuary For Families-Victims of Domestic Abuse
- Housing Works-HIV/AIDS
- Save Tibet
- The Hunger Site
- Farm Sanctuary
- Jane Goodall Institute
- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
- Sierra Club Foundation
- National Alliance to End Homelessness
- Human Rights First
- Food Bank New York
- Global Hunger Project
- Doctors Without Borders
- Make a Wish Foundation
- Gildas Club
- Insight Meditation Society
- Shambhala Sun
- Every Mother Counts
- Reiki In Medicine
- New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care
- UZIT New York City
- UZIT UCLA Health.org
Holistic Wellness Inspiration
- Stefanie Bryn Sacks, MS
- Crazy Sexy Life
- Pema Chodron
- Carolyn Myss
- Christiane Northrup
- Miguel Ruiz
- Andrew Weill
- Marianne Williamson
- Deepak Chopra
- Mike Dooley-TUT
- Tony Robbins
- The Center For Mind Body Medicine - Dr. James Gordon
- The Center For Health and Healing - Beth Israel Hospital
- T. Colin Campbell
Holistic Doctors Who Publish
- Detox the World
- Skinny Bitch
- Choose Veg
- Kristen’s Raw
- Vegan MD
- Gone Raw
- Raw Food Chef
- Green America!
- Nutrition Data
- Kind Green Planet
- Green Your Diet
- Go Veg
- Veg For Life
- Vegan Outreach
- Super Vegan
- The Vegetarian Resource Group
- Clean Water Action
- Guide to Tap Water Filtration
- Ionized Carbon Water Filter
- Fresh Network
- My Spicer
- Learn Raw Food
- Sassy Kitchen
- Sharon Salzberg-Insight Meditation Center
- Tibet House
- Hay House
- A Course In Miracles
- Daily OM
- Tree of Life
- Living Foods Institute
- Environmental Working Group
- Food and Water Watch
- The Guide to Less Toxic Products
- Got Mercury?
- Plum Village- Thich Nhat Hanh
- Art Of Living Foundation
- Life Extension Foundation
- American Herbalist Guild
- American Holistic Health Association
- American Holistic Medical Association Directory
- Massage Therapist USA
- Notes From The Universe
- Rice and Words-Love It!
- Body Burden
- The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
- Skin Deep Database
- Environmental Working Group Guide
- Belief Net
- Angel Therapy
- Hippocrates Health Institute
- Tree of Life
- Fresh Network
- Living Foods Institute
- National Directory of Chiropractors
- American Chiropractic Association
Products and Lifestyle
- Young Living Essential Oils
- Sounds True
- Bach Flower Essences
- Mountain Rose Herbs
- The Guide to Less Toxic Products
- Veg Out iPhone AppSimply Divine Botanicals
- Barnes & Noble
- ITunes MusicITunes Podcasts
- Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
- Kiehl's body and face care
- Perricone MD-Skin
- Cream de la Mer
- Dr. Hauschka
- Earthen Instant Peel
- Helen Ficalora
- Revival Soy Products
- Jivamukti Tea Cafe
- Mountain Rose Herbs
- One Lucky Duck
- Dharma Crafts
- Sounds True Tools for Yoga
- Open Center
- Omega Institute
- Village Zendo
- New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care
- Cedar Springs Renewal Center
- Gerson Institute
- Hippocrates Health Institute
- New Life Retreat
- Optimum Health Institute
- Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center
- Hallelujah Acres Diet
- Living Foods Institute
- Upaya Institute
- Zen Meditation Monastery
- Sivananda Ashrams
- Insight Meditation Society
- Ananda Ashram
- Menla Mountain Retreat
- Tricycle Magazine
- Big Shakti-ezine
- Yoga Journal
- My Yoga Online Blog
- LA Yoga Magazine
- Breathing Project
- Yoga Shanti
- Rodney Yee
- Yoga To The People
- Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy
- Gaiam Yoga Club and Products
- Shiva Rea
- Gabrielle Roth Ecstatic Dance
- Parashakti-Dance of Liberation
- Yoga Journal
- Earth Keepers Foundation
Mental Health Resources and Online Links
- DSM Online - The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is published by the American Psychiatric Association.
- Mental Health Matters - Information and resources about mental health issues for consumers, professionals, students and supporters.
- Mental Health Net
- Mental Health Resources About.com - About.com offers in-depth coverage on a range of mental health issues
- Mental Illnesses/Disorders - SAMHSA
- PsychCentral.com One-stop index for psychology, support, and mental health issues, resources, and people on the Internet, since 1992.
- PsychiatryOnline - The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychiatry.
- Psychwatch - The Online Resource for Professionals in Psychology and Psychiatry.
- Healthlinks - An Online Healthcare and Medical Information Portal.
- Mental-Health-Matters.com - Articles, information and resources on mental health and mental illness, psychological symptoms, traditional and alternative treatments, and medications for psychiatric disorders.
- Psych Links - Mental Health and self help resources.
- Shrink Tank - Comprehensive clinical information site and other therapy.
- GoodTherapy.org - A site that takes a holistic approach to Psychotherapy which offers some good resources as well.
- PsychologyToday.com - A helpful site with related articles of interest and blog posts.
- Questia.com - This site offers a comprehensive library of books.
- Psybersquare.com - A useful site with many relevant articles.
- 4therapy.com - This site has helpful articles and resources related to mental health.
- kimseelbrede.com - My website with resources and other helpful mental health and wellness information including: EMDR therapy, Brainspotting, Somatic Experiencing, psychotherapy, integrative therapy, guided imagery, stress reduction, lifestyle consulting and more.
- Alzheimer's Association - Leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research.
- American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry - Information on child and adolescent psychiatry.
- American Psychiatric Association - Organization ensuring humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorder.
- American Psychological Association - Scientific and professional organization that represents psychologists in the United States.
- American Psychoanalytic Association - The oldest national psychoanalytic organization in the US.
- National Institute of Mental Health - NIMH
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - SAMHSA
- Alcoholics Anonymous - Helping alcoholics achieve sobriety.
- Center for Intenet Addiction - Resources for therapists and families.
- Gamblers Anonymous
- Narcotics Anonymous
- Overeaters Anonymous
- SAMHSA's Substance Abuse/Addiction
- SAMHSA's Treatment and Recovery
- Sex Addicts Anonymous
- Web of Addictions - Dedicated to providing accurate information about alcohol and other drug addictions.
- Recovery 411 - The complete directory of recovery resources.
- SoberRecovery.com - Provides thousands of resources for those seeking help from alcoholism, addiction and mental health issues.
- About Teen Depression
- ANAD - National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.
- Bulimia Guide - Comprehensive Resources.
- Bulimia-Something Fishy - Pro-recovery website.
- DBT-Self Help
- DBT-Panic List - Help for managing distress and self-harm.
- Eating Disorder Information - Blog by a woman in ED recovery
- GURZE - Eating disorders publication and education.
- National Association of Eating Disorders
- National Resource Center On ADHD
- Recover Your Life - Self-harm support for teens and adolescents.
- Something Fishy - Eating Disorder network, support and resources.
- Safe Alternatives - Resource for self-injurious behaviors.
- Teen Depression - Information on teen depression.
- The Dressing Room Project - Positive self image website for girls.
- Young Minds-UK - Self harm solutions
- The Anxiety Panic Intenet Resource
- Anxiety Disorders Association of America
- Anxiety Resource Page/Support
- Answers to Your Questions About Panic Disorder
- National Center for PTSD
- OCD Foundation
- Anxiety Referral Online - A unique referral service specifically designed to help people with anxiety, panic disorder and more
- Health Anxiety Program - The Anxiety and Phobia Treatment Center White Plains Hospital Center.
- Social Anxiety Support - This on-line support group provides interactive forums and special programs to help those who suffer from social anxiety disorder (social phobia).
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- ADDA - Attention Deficit Disorder Association
- Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, NIH
- Born to Explore: The Other Side of ADD/ADHD
- All Made Up: A Girl’s Guide to Seeing Through Celebrity Hype and Celebrating Real Beauty. Brashich, Audrey. New York: Walker & Company, 2006.
- Beautiful Just the Way You Are
- The Beautiful Woman Project
- The Beauty Myth.Wolf, Naomi. New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1991.
- The Body Image Project
- The Body Myth: Adult Women and the Pressure to be Perfect. Maine, Margo and Kelly, Joe. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2005 (and others).
- Body Positive
- Body Wars: Making Peace With Women’s Bodies. Maine, Margo. Carlsbad: Gurze Books, 2000.
- Campaign for Real Beauty (Dove’s campaign)
- Cover Girl Culture: Awakening the Media Generation
- Ellen Fisher-Turk (The use of photography and journal writing to change how one sees oneself).
- Endangered Species Women
- Girl Power-Retouch (A demonstration of retouching on a magazine cover).
- Healthy Body Image: Teaching Kids to Eat and Love Their Bodies Too!
- Inside Beauty
- In Your Face: The Culture of Beauty and You. Graydon, Shari. Toronto: Annick Press Ltd., 2004.
- Killing Us Softly 3: Advertising’s Image of Women (A film based on Jean Kilbourne’s lecture).
- Looking Queer: Body Image and Identity in Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Communities. Atkins, Dawn (ed.). Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Press, 1998.
- The Male Body: A New Look at Men in Public and in Private. Bordo, Susan. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2000.
- The Media and Body Image: If Looks Could Kill. Wykes, Maggie and Gunter, Barrie. London: Sage Publications, 2005.
- Mind on the Media/Turn Beauty Inside Out Project (Works to foster awareness of images of girls and women in the media).
- National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance
- The Obsession: Reflections on the Tyranny of Slenderness. Chernin, Kim. New York: Harper & Row, 1981 (and others).
- Real Kids Come in All Sizes: Ten Essential Lessons to Build Your Child’s Body Esteem. Kater, Kathy. New York: Broadway Books, 2004.
- Real Women Project
- This Is Who I Am: Our Beauty in All Shapes and Sizes. Olson, Rosanne. New York: Artisan Books, 2008.
- True Body Project (A journal and film created by teenage girls).
- Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body. Bordo, Susan. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1993.
- The Woman’s Belly Book: Finding Your Treasure Within Sarasohn, Lisa. 2003.
- Dove Campaign for Real Beauty
- Interactive retouching site
- Girl Power-Retouch
Borderline Personality Disorder
- BPD Central
- National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder
- Borderline Personality Disorder Today
- Treatment and Resource Advancement (TARA) National Association for Personality Disorders
- Borderline Personality Resource Center
- DBT self help
- National Alliance of the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
- BPD Home Base
- BPD world
- Yahoo DBT groups
- New York Meet Up BPD Support group
- S.A.F.E. (Self Abuse Finally Ends)
- Sirius Project
- MD Junction Borderline Support Group
- Online self diagnostic test
- Behavioral Tech (Marsha Linehan founder of DBT)
- BPD on Depression Central
Child Abuse and Domestic Violence
- Childhelp USA®
- SAMHSA's Children and Families
- Questions and Answers about Memories of Childhood Abuse
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline Website
- Women, Violence and Trauma
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - Center for Disease Control CDC
- CFIDS - Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome Association of America.
- National Council On Problem Gambling
- Gam Anon-Support For Victims of Gambling
- OCD Foundation - Made up of people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
- Bipolar Disorder News - Pendulum.org
- Depression and How Therapy Can Help
- Depression - NASD
- Depression Screening
- Depression Test, Symptoms of Depression, Signs of Depression
- All About Depression - Dedicated to providing accurate, current, and relevant information about clinical depression to the general public.
- Walkers in Darkness - Support and information for mood disorders.
Dissociation and Trauma
- GURZE-Eating Disorders Publications and Education
- National Association of Eating Disorders
- ANAD is the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
- Eating Disorder Information-blog by a woman in ED recovery
- Eating Disorder Center of New York - An outpatient treatment facility and resource center specializing in the treatment of anorexia nervosa, bulimia and binge-eating disorder.
- Eating Disorder Center of California - Unique Treatment Program for Adolescents and Adults with Anorexia, Bulimia and Exercise Addiction.
- Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center - Edreferral.com is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of eating disorders. They provide information and treatment resources for all forms of eating disorders and provide referrals at no charge to eating disorder practitioners, treatment facilities, and support groups.
- American Dietetic Association
- Something Fishy - ED resources and treatment information.
- Rader Treatment and Resources
- A Place of Hope - The Center for Counseling & Health Resources, Inc. Treatment for Eating Disorders, Drug & Alcohol Abuse, Emotional and Sexual Abuse. Books, Tapes, Supplements, and FREE Reports.
- EMDR Therapist Network - Find an EMDR therapist in New York City
- EMDRIA - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) International Association
- EMDR Institute - Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) support and resources
- The Ackerman Institute for the Family - Family therapy and divorce mediation
Psychotherapy Agencies and Clinics
- Drug Interactions, DIRECT
- Medical Dictionary
- Medications, FDA
- Medication, Internet Mental Health
- Medications, PDR
- SAMHSA's Psychiatry and Psychology
Hormone Support (PMS, PMDD, Post Partum Depression, Menopause)
- Dr Erika Schwartz-Bioidentical Hormone Expert
- Recommended Treatments
- Power Surge
- Christiane Northrup, MD-Women's Health
- WOMEN TO WOMEN
- Divorce Source - A Legal resource for divorce, custody, alimony and support.
- Equality in Marriage - Educating Men and Women about the Importance of Equality in Marriage and Divorce.
- Millennium Divorce - Developed by divorce lawyers and divorce attorneys, this website provides information and services on a wide variety of issues related to separation, divorce and child custody throughout all 50 states.
- SelfGrowth.com - SelfGrowth.com is the definitive guide to personal growth, self-improvement, and self-help. It also has extensive links related to divorce.
Self Harm/Self Injurious Behaviors
- Dr. Laura Berman, MD
- International Society for the Study of Womens's Sexual Health ISSWSH
- Society for Sex Therapy and Research SSTAR
- My Pleasure
- Toys in Babeland
- The O Tape
- SAMHSA's Suicide
- Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
- Suicide, Now is Not Forever
- Suicide: Read This First
Journals and Magazines
- ADHD Report
- Anxiety, Stress and Coping
- Contemporary Hypnosis
- Depression and Anxiety
- Drug and Alcohol Review
- Early Child Development and Care
- Eating Disorders
- Educational Assessment
- Journal of Gambling Studies
- Journal of Happiness Studies
- Journal of Mental Health and Aging
- Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
- Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
- Language and Cognitive Processes
- Loss, Grief & Care
- Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities
- Metaphor and Symbol
- Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
- Personal Relationships
- Personality and Individual Differences
- Psychiatric Bulletin
- Psychology of Men & Masculinity
- Psychology Today
- Stress and Health
- Studies in Gender and Sexuality
- Substance Abuse
- Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
- Trauma, Violence & Abuse
Research and Press
- USA Today 4/1/09, "Donna Karan Makes Room for Yoga at NYC Hospital"
- YouTube Urban Zen "Voice of the Patient"
- WCNBC-TV Famous Designer Donna Karan Leading Effort to Combine Eastern Practices with Western Medicine at Beth Israel Hospital
- ABC News Diane Sawyer interviews Donna Karan on her foundation Urban Zen and movement toward integrative care for the "whole" patient.
- Lobby on Integrative Medicine with Dr.Oz, Dr.Hyman, Dr.Ornish, Dr.Weil
- New York Times 10/29/08-In One Section of Beth Israel Hospital, Some Patients Are Saying "Om," Not "Ah"
- Energy Medicine - Reiki, Columbia University Medical Center
- Self Injury in Adolescents, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
- UMass Medical School - Center For Mindfulness
- Osher Clinical Center For Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies-Brigham and Women's Hospital
- American College of Physicians (ACP)-Integrative Medicine: Coming to a Hospital Near You
- Jama-Complementary Medicine in the Surgical Wards, Mehmet C. Oz MD, et al
- CAM at Tufts University-Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) Curriculum
- Mindfulness Blog-Psychcentral
- Psychotherapy Goes From the Couch to the Mat-Time Magazine 4/14/09
Interesting Blogs about therapy, psychotherapy, psychology, neurobiology and more
- Brain Blogger
- In The Room
- Psych Central
- Psychology Today
- Network Therapy
- Changing Minds
- Evolutionary Psychology
- Harvard Business Review
- Medical News Today
- Psy Rel
- Psychotherapy Brown Bag
- REBT Institute Blog
- Science Daily
- The Situationist
- Urban Mindfulness
- Modern Psychoanalysis
- Staff Psychologist
- Commitment to Living
- Dr X's Free Associations
- A Clinician's Journal
- Psychoanalysis Arena
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy Arena
- Psychotherapy and Counselling Arena
- Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry Arena
- Just Noticeable Differences
- PsyBlog: Psychology Blog
- British Psychological Society
- Relaxed Therapist
- Laura’s Psychology Blog
- Psychology News Blog
- Modern Psychoanalysis
- Dr Deborah Serani
- Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry: A Closer Look
- Psychotherapy Perspectives
- Health Psych
Mental Health Links
Addiction and Recovery
Associations & Institutes
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Child Abuse and Domestic Violence
Dissociation and Traumatic Stress
Journals & Magazines
Medications and Health Supplements
Mental Health Care General Links
Suicide Awareness and Hotlines
Additional Mental Health Care & Counseling Resources
Psychotherapy, Psychoanalysis and General Psychology Books:
The Interpersonal World of the Infant: A View from Psychoanalysis and Developmental Psychology - Daniel N. Stern
An Elementary Textbook of Psychoanalysis - Charles Brenner
Psychoanalytic Diagnosis: Understanding Personality in Structure in the Clinical Process - Nancy McWilliams PhD.
Relational Concepts in Psychoanalysis: An Integration - Stephen A. Mitchell
Object Relations Theory and Clinical Psychoanalysis - Otto F. Kernberg
Why Is It Always About You: The Seven Deadly sins of Narcissism - Sandy Hotchkiss & James F Masterson
The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self - Alice Miller
The Worry Cure: Seven Steps to Stop Worry from Stopping You - Robert L. Leahy. The Worry Cure is his new, comprehensive approach to help you identify, challenge, and overcome all types of worry, using the most recent research and his more than two decades of experience in treating patients.
Freeing Yourself from the Narcissist in Your Life - Linda Martinez-Lewi. In Freeing Yourself from the Narcissist in Your Life, psychotherapist Linda Martinez-Lewi presents an in-depth and supportive plan for identifying, understanding, and dealing with high level narcissistic behavior in those close to you.
Unchained Memories: True Stories of Traumatic Memories Lost and Found - Lenore Terr
Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament - Kay Redfield Jamison
Trapped in the Mirror - Elan Golomb. The difficulties experienced by adult children of narcissists can manifest themselves in many ways: for examples, physical self-loathing that takes form of overeating, anorexia, or bulimia; a self-destructive streak that causes poor job performance and rocky personal relationships; or a struggle with the self that is perpetuated in the adult’s interaction with his or her own children.
Loves Executioner - Irvin D. Yalom. The collection of ten absorbing tales by master psychotherapist Irvin D. Yalom uncovers the mysteries, frustrations, pathos, and humor at the heart of the therapeutic encounter. In recounting his patients’ dilemmas, the author provides a glimpse into their personal desires and motivations and his own struggles to reconcile his all-too human responses with his sensibility as a psychiatrist.
Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence — from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror - Judith Herman
Thoughts Without a Thinker: Psychotherapy From A Buddhist Perspective - Mark Epstein. Thoughts Without a Thinker is a major contribution to today’s exploding discussion of how Eastern spirituality can enhance Western psychology. In it, Mark Epstein argues that the contemplative traditions of the East can be extremely beneficial to patients, not just in helping them recognize their problems, but by giving them the strength to heal.
OTHER 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-sabatage, 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
- 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
- Psychodynamic, relational, interpersonal psychotherapy
- Mindfulness, meditation support
- EMDR therapy
- Focusing techniques
- Crisis counseling
- Short-term, goal-oriented therapy
- DBT skills
- Marriage and relationships
- Clinical supervision
- Online via telephone, Skype, FaceTime or a HIPPA compliant service
Helpful information About An Integrative Psychotherapy Practice
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is an evidence-based and active therapy that has a long history and tradition used in both short and long-term treatment. Psychodynamic sessions include the process of increasing self-awareness, encouraging self-expression, understanding conflicts, developing insight into the behaviors of self and other, unearthing unconscious content that can interfere with functioning and understanding patterns and dynamics that may have origins in the past but are played out in the "here and now." This form of therapy uses the relationship between patient and therapist to heal. The interpersonal relationship tends to be the focus of sessions as an active example of other relationships in the patient's life, so that patterns and distress can be "worked through" and not repeated outside of treatment.
CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focuses on examining and changing maladaptive thoughts and behaviors. CBT tends to be a short-term approach that is highly-effective for many with empirically-tested techniques supporting an increase in skills and a change in behaviors. CBT is an effective solution for a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression and addictions/substance abuse.
DBT or Dialectical Behavior Therapy
DBT was originally developed for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. With time, DBT skills and techniques have been found to be helpful for individuals who struggle in many areas of life including substance abuse, addictions. DBT treatment combines ideas of awareness, acceptance and change from mindfulness with a range of psychological theories. Because DBT skills are practical and can be generalized into many areas of life, DBT can be successfully integrated into treatment plans and used in a variety of treatment settings. DBT uses mindfulness and other skills to help increase emotion regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness with the goal of helping patient's cope, de-escalate, and self-regulate.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) gets it name from one of its core messages which is to accept what is out of your personal control, while committing to action that will improve the quality of life. The goal of ACT is to help people create a full and meaningful life even and especially when the stress and pain of life is a challenge. ACT teaches the psychological skills to manage painful feelings and thoughts in an effort to reduce the impact of suffering. Another aim is to help individuals clarify what is important and meaningful, using that awareness to guide, motivate and inspire them to make important changes that will lead to a better life. ACT supports cognitive flexibility in addition to encouraging individuals to observe and allow difficult thoughts feelings, emotions and experiences to simply occur. ACT also helps patients identify concrete short and long-term goals.
Mindfulness is the practice of moment-to-moment awareness of feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations as well as an awareness of the environment and one's surroundings. Mindfulness, as a philosophy, has more recently become a widely-used and helpful practice in the fields of psychology and psychotherapy. Additionally, mindfulness is an empirically-validated practice with data that supports its efficacy and application in a range of clinical and non-clinical settings. A mindfulness practice includes the observation of feelings, emotions and sensations, a non-judgmental presence and the awareness of the present moment.
EMDR is an evidence-based treatment that targets many symptoms and conditions including trauma, negative memories, phobias, fears, anxiety, addictions, compulsions and performance difficulties. Originally used to treat Veterans, EMDR therapy is now one of the most efficient and effective trauma/symptom treatment methods that allows clients to fully heal from their psychological wounds. EMDR can successfully be integrated into psychotherapy sessions. Many clients find EMDR to be more effective than other forms of therapy including CBT and traditional “talk therapy.”
Psychotherapy for Depression
Clinical depression is a complicated condition that can be treated with interpersonal psychotherapy, medication and a collaborative approach to identify the biological and psychosocial factors that may have contributed to a patient's depressive symptoms. Depression can be mild and show up with seasonal changes and it can be debilitating and interfere with activities of daily living, life skills, relationships, employment, hope and may also include the desire to end one’s life. Depression treatment is generally supportive in nature, and may require help with daily structure and coping skills and often requires working with other mental health professionals. Interpersonal psychotherapy, CBT and EMDR therapy can be effective treatments for depressed patients as can antidepressant use, light therapy, vitamin D and supplements.
Psychotherapy for Anxiety
Anxiety symptoms bring many into therapy for the first time. Not all clients experience anxiety in the same way. For some, anxiety is a distress that presents in a specific situation such as performance, public speaking or test-taking. For others, anxiety may be experienced as chronic and ranging from mild to debilitating, including uncomfortable physical symptoms. Anxiety sufferers are best helped by understanding emotional conflicts, environmental and genetic factors with treatment that may include talk therapy, CBT, stress reduction techniques, Somatic Experiencing (SE) and EMDR Therapy to target early trauma, memories and present-day distress.
Trauma Treatment and PTSD
Early trauma and chronic developmental traumas that have impacted a patient's development and attachment relationships are the most difficult to heal. Psychotherapy can help validate the patient's experience, work through any feelings of shame and confusion that may have been internalized, process the traumatic experience or event and help them understand how their current life is impacted by traumatic experiences. Psychotherapy can help individuals identify triggers in daily experiences that create symptoms and contribute to familiar self-defeating patterns and dynamics. While talk therapy can be a good place to begin for some trauma patients, EMDR is the treatment of choice to provide symptomatic relief and truly heal from trauma.
Loss and Bereavement
Losing something or someone is difficult and complicated for many reasons. Loss can include a loved-one, pet, health, job, lifestyle, home, identity, status, and more. Loss, especially when significant to the individual, requires mourning and grieving that loss, experiencing the associated feelings, and eventually, moving forward. Psychotherapy can give the individual a safe place to grieve and feel the sadness. The healing process is different for everyone as is the length of time required to heal.
What happens in therapy?
A number of benefits are available when you engage in the therapy process. Therapy helps people gain relief from unpleasant feelings and thoughts, create more fulfilling and meaningful relationships, and gain more pleasure and control in their lives. Psychotherapy helps clients get to the root of their difficulties and learn ways to become more self-aware, cope with difficult emotions, improve mood, gain control, feel connected to others, develop the skills to handle future problems, and live more fulfilling and satisfying lives. Therapists can provide support, practical problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as: troubling patterns and behaviors. a crisis, managing difficult people, internal conflicts, neurosis, life transitions, anxiety, depression, sadness, loneliness self-esteem, relationship problems, unresolved childhood issues, trauma/abuse, grief, stress management, body image issues, eating disorders, feeling lost or stuck, sexuality or identity concerns, addictive behaviors and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors or psychotherapists can be a tremendous asset to career concerns, managing personal growth, professional relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, parenting challenges, developing healthier habits, connecting to the body, understanding thoughts, feelings and emotions, balancing the stress of daily life and goal-setting. High-achieving, successful individuals often experience emptiness, unhappiness, disappointment, loneliness, stress, anxiety and interpersonal problems which may lead to less than desirable coping solutions such as addictions, alcohol and drug abuse, eating problems and sleep deficits. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or help their clients discover helpful solutions. Many lasting benefits can be obtained from personal, couples or group therapy. You can learn more about therapy from the American Psychological Association or APA Learn more here
Therapy and counseling can help clients with the following issues:
- Reframe current life circumstances and gain a different perspective
- Learn to manage difficult work and personal transitions and changes such as marriage, new baby, mid-life problems and aging
- Gain the support needed to get through difficult times such as loss and change
- Learn to feel and live a more authentic life, accept feelings of being “different”
- Develop healthy self-esteem and resolve persistent negative self-states
- Develop healthier coping skills, habits and boundaries
- Have healthier personal and work relationships
- Develop awareness of any repetitive patterns that interfere with success and happiness by understanding how past dynamics interfere with the present
- Manage difficult people personally and professionally
- Develop a path of purpose and life fulfillment
- Heal from past trauma and abuse and process traumatic memories and dissociation
- Increase insight and self-awareness and identify innate strengths
- Improve communication, learn conflict resolution, develop better listening and self-assertion skills
- Address depression, sadness, feelings of despair and isolation
- Learn helpful coping skills for stress, anxiety, phobias and panic attacks
- Relieve stress and insomnia and learn relaxation response
- Manage destructive patterns that include drinking, eating, drugs, addictions and self-harm
- Understand negative and habitual patterns of thinking and behaving
- Resolve writing, creative and other performance blocks
- Mourn losses such as separation, divorce, miscarriage, infertility or the death of a loved-one
- Develop effective parenting skills
- Address problems related to chronic pain, fibromyalgia, autoimmune disorders, medical procedures and diagnoses
- Heal from sexual abuse, emotional/psychological abuse, domestic violence and natural disasters
- Resolve sexual and identity concerns
- Manage feelings of overwhelm, feel more embodied and develop an awareness connection between mind and body, feel more
What can I expect?
If you're considering therapy now, then you're experiencing challenges in your own life or with others. Psychotherapy is not like sharing problems with a trusted friend. It involves looking closely at yourself, your situation and the people around you. This can feel difficult and scary, but therapy with a trained therapist can help people find solutions to problems, relieve distressing symptoms such as anxiety and depression, support good mental and physical health, promote integrity and honesty and help individuals develop intimacy in relationships. Reaching your full potential, understanding yourself and others and removing barriers to happiness and fulfillment are but a few goals of successful, effective therapy. Even though you may have good friends and family members to talk to, a psychotherapist or psychologist with professional training is able to see things from a different lens and even challenge and support you in ways that the people in your life cannot.
How do I know what to look for in a therapist?
When you choose a therapist, you should feel understood and not judged for the concerns that led you to seek counseling. You should feel comfortable sharing your thoughts and feelings with your potential therapist as the process requires an investment of time and emotional energy. Your therapist should have good interpersonal skills as well as empathy and compassion. You should choose a therapist who has training in the areas that you are seeking help with. Some therapists have received specialized training in areas such as trauma, addictions or eating disorders. If your problems are serious enough to impact the quality of your life and your ability to function, you may need to find a specialist or someone who specializes in your particular problem. Many therapists have received general psychotherapy training and consider themselves generalists and are able to treat a range of difficulties. Some psychotherapists have received specialized training in addition to graduate school. This article in Psychology Today explains the process as well as list important qualities to look for in a therapist.
How long will I need to be in therapy?
Your personal needs and goals are always a priority, and will shape the time you spend in sessions. Many individuals desire focused, structured and time-limited sessions with a clear plan targeting specific problems or goals that can be met within a relatively short period of time, while other difficulties require a more intensive focus and may take longer to resolve. This is especially true when people have been struggling for a long time and patterns and habits are rigid and entrenched. Some will do best with once or twice weekly sessions that are consistent—this process allows clients to examine patterns and dynamics that may interfere with healthy functioning.
What kind of therapy should I be looking for?
Increasing insight into problems and self-awareness is one goal of therapy, but unfortunately, that alone does not always lead to the desired change. For this reason, and with certain clients, it may be necessary to implement behavioral changes and track progress between sessions. Some clients need targeted, specific types of therapies that resolve symptoms related to trauma. The duration of treatment is highly variable and depends on many factors, including: the nature of the problem, client motivation and having realistic goals for change. Depending on client needs, one may benefit from a number of different therapeutic strategies and techniques. In your initial consultation, you should work with your therapist to figure out the best approach for you. Therapists may use or combine the following approaches: psychoanalysis, psychodynamic psychotherapy, interpersonal, humanistic, gestalt, Emotion-Focused Therapy [EFT] and relational as well as evidence-based therapies such as EMDR therapy, Somatic Experiencing (SE), Dialectical Behavior Therapy or DBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT to name a few.
Are my sessions confidential?
It is important to know that everything you say during psychotherapy sessions will be kept confidential. The only exceptions are when there is a danger that you may harm yourself or someone else, or in active cases of abuse. Mental health professionals are obligated by law to disclose that information to the appropriate authorities. These situations are rare. Most people find it a great relief to have a safe place where they are able to share what's on their mind with a non-judgmental, supportive and trained professional.