Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
I am fortunate to love my work. I am by nature a curious and inquisitive person and so have learned a variety of different techniques and treatment modalities over the fifteen years I have worked as a psychotherapist. After receiving my undergraduate degree in psychology from the New School for Social Research I worked on several research projects funded by the National Institute for Mental Health for the next five years. I went on to complete a graduate degree at the Columbia University School of Social Work with a focus on mental health.
Before joining the faculty at Columbia University Department of Psychiatry’s Day Treatment Program and the Lieber Recovery Clinic in 2008, I worked at several community mental health agencies. At Columbia I run the executive functioning (EF) program and developed a manualized treatment program to address EF skills deficits and self-esteem problems for people struggling with low motivation, difficulty setting goals, managing time and improving focus. In addition, I am a trained Dialectical Behavioral Treatment (DBT) provider and have adapted this modality to address a variety of psychiatric problems such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and psychotic disorders.
In 2012, I completed a two-year psychodynamic therapy training program at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy.
In my private practice I provide psychodynamic psychotherapy for a variety of mental health issues including depression, anxiety and relationship issues. Psychodynamic therapy usually includes examining patterns in your life and styles of interacting with the world, while developing new insights into yourself and working to change things that have become painful or stagnant. In addition, I provide skills training for individuals with executive functioning problems using a blend of CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), practical skill building techniques, and motivational enhancement. I often help people with ADHD better understand the diagnosis and figure out how to develop skills to live a productive life.