I am a psychiatric social worker in clinical practice. Most recently, I was on staff at Columbia’s Day Treatment Program at East 60th street, as well as having worked at CUMC’s Uptown Intensive Outpatient Program. I trained in Loyola University of Chicago’s Clinical Social Work Master’s program and am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of New York.
Before beginning my career in mental health, I studied Acting at DePaul University’s Theatre Conservatory. While living in the San Francisco Bay area, I had the great fortune of working with an amazing theatre company called Shotgun Players, acting in and directing original and traditional plays. I also spent some time teaching theatre and social studies in Richmond, CA. Though I love the world of theatre and working with children, it wasn’t long before I realized that the thing I love most about it all is the study of human behavior. Becoming a therapist, for me, was a natural outcropping of that unflagging fascination.
I have worked with children and adults, in outpatient, inpatient, and residential settings. My practice has a special focus on treatments that utilize the skills in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), as well as on Trauma, Dissociation, and Chronic PTSD. I am also trained in supportive and psychoanalytically oriented psychodynamic therapy. I work with individuals, couples, families, and groups.
My practice is informed by the principles of behavioral and psychodynamic treatments, with a special focus on issues related to Trauma and Dissociation, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Addiction as a family illness. I am interested in time-limited, goal-oriented treatments, as well as more traditional, open-ended, psychodynamic psychotherapies.