I typically work with adults who have mental health issues, with a special focus on those experiencing complicated grief, processing challenges related to parenting and the effects of a trauma. My treatment philosophy is strength based; I primarily use psychodynamic, mindfulness and CBT modalities and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) (see below).
I obtained a Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University, laying the path for a fulfilling career as a social worker and psychotherapist. I also have a background in teaching and theater arts which has given me insight into how we learn and how we can change and create behavior.
In addition to my private practice, I work as a staff therapist in a community mental health out-patient clinic in northern New Jersey, run several support groups, and am an adjunct professor at a New Jersey university.
With humor, skill, compassion, intelligence, and creativity, I have helped hundreds of people regain their equilibrium after having the rug ripped out from beneath their feet, helping them to develop an improved sense of self and quality of life.
Psychodynamic therapy , also known as insight-oriented therapy, focuses on unconscious processes as they manifest in a person's behavior. This includes exploring emotions, examining avoidances, identifying recurring patterns, and focusing on the therapist/client relationship. The goals of psychodynamic therapy are to bring self-awareness and understanding of the influence of the past on present behavior. Research confirms that psychodynamic therapy can be very effective.
CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) is a short-term, goal-oriented treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem solving. Its goal is to change the patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people's difficulties, and so change the way they feel. CBT is an easily measured therapeutic technique that is widely studied and has strong evidence to support effectiveness.
Best outcomes in therapy are directly related to the Therapeutic Alliance. This means the relationship between client and therapist is the most important element for success. Not all psychodynamic psychotherapists are created equal. When looking for someone to help with your problems, it's vital to get recommendations from people you trust, to interview several different therapists and ask about their training, and to trust your instinct.