Personally, I'd like to share that psychotherapy enriched my life and gave me the tools to create a life I love today. Therapy taught me how to make better choices in my relationships, both personal and professional, as well as giving me courage to face and work through some painful life experiences. As a childhood cancer survivor, I dealt with feelings of fear, helplessness and anger. Psychotherapy helped me to help me understand and let go of beliefs that were holding me back from reaching my full potential. Once upon a time, I believed that these experiences were very unfair; and yet, today, I am able to help others because of the empathy and identification I gained from my personal struggles.
Professionally, I am a licensed clinical social worker with a Master's degree from NYU School of Social Work as well as a certified hypnotist from the National Guild of Hypnotists. I have worked at Washington Square Institute for Psychotherapy, NYU Medical Center Hospital for Joint Diseases (NYUMC HJD), and NYU Counseling Services. As a SIFI instructor, I supervised graduate MSW students in an adult outpatient clinic. While working at NYU HJD, I ran a successful support group for patients living with chronic pain and managing chronic illness. The use of guided imagery and hypnosis was very effective in working with this population. I have also run support groups for people dealing with alcoholism and substance abuse issues.
I have experience treating addiction and substance abuse, codependency, anxiety, depression, chronic pain and chronic illness. Treatment modalities include psychotherapy and wellness techniques including hypnosis, mindfulness and guided imagery.
As a lecturer, I have spoken to clinicians at hospitals and employees of corporations on the topics of wellness, stress reduction, addiction, chronic pain, sexuality, caregiver stress, self-care and chronic illness.