“I have a passion for evidence-based modalities, such as EMDR, CBT, DBT, and psychodrama.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Working in the field of mental health has been my first and only career. I was drawn to this career very early in life by a passion to add clarity to the complexities of human nature. I sought very early to understand the dynamics of trauma on the mind, body, spirit, and environment. I have done extensive research on trauma in the United States and abroad. I expanded my research in my Columbia University graduate program and postgraduate training at other institutes. I am trained in evidence-based modalities, including EMDR, CBT, psychoeducation, psychodrama, and more. I have worked and supervised in various settings, from inpatient psychiatric facilities, corporate employee assistance programs, prison systems, and outpatient programs to the NFL. I have lectured on trauma, mental illness, addiction, and the manifestation of trauma in men, women, and adolescents. I have been a contributor to research on the topic of trauma and co-authored as well.
What should someone know about working with you?
Partnering is a key element in the successful therapeutic process. Progress looks like identifying the target problem, developing an objective surrounding that problem, designing a plan around the work to be done, and fostering a therapeutic relationship to get the work done. I specialize in trauma therapy, mood disorders, thought disorders, relationships, and addiction. I have had the rewarding opportunity to work with children as young as eight and watch them evolve into young adults embarking on their college career. Whether I am working with children or adults, I believe homework is essential because it is at home (meaning outside of the office) where progress needs to show up and be sustained. That turns into success and success equals change.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I have a passion for evidence-based modalities, such as EMDR, CBT, DBT, and psychodrama. My passion stems from my experience with these modalities and their proven effectiveness in treating acute and chronic trauma over a short period of time. I continue to be interested in learning new modalities to deliver EMDR to children and exploring other modalities for addressing trauma. I continue to evolve as a therapist by attending various seminars and group supervision, providing supervision, and reading the current literature on trauma.
“My passion stems from my experience with these modalities and their proven effectiveness in treating acute and chronic trauma over a short period of time.”