“I view therapy as a chance to help individuals acquire a deeper understanding of themselves and make fulfilling choices, so they can lead better and more satisfying lives.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have worked in helping professions for most of my life, but I always wanted to be a psychologist. I view therapy as a chance to help individuals acquire a deeper understanding of themselves and make fulfilling choices, so they can lead better and more satisfying lives. Helping others in these ways is really gratifying. I worked at NYU Langone for 20 years and have conducted thousands of psychological and neuropsychological evaluations. I interned and completed postdoctoral training at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine before joining the staff at the Brain Injury Day Treatment Program for eight years. I have been in private practice for 13 years.
What should someone know about working with you?
People come to therapy for a variety of reasons, so my initial goal is to provide a safe place to help clients identify what they want to change in their lives. As our relationship develops, so will treatment. Therapy is an active process that allows for individuals to develop the lives they want and refine or modify behavior—while remaining flexible and open to exploring. My role is to offer expertise and guidance as you move through this process, and that sometimes involves homework. When conducting evaluations, my objective is to help you better understand yourself. In our work together, I will be on time, present, and prepared. I will not judge you—I will do whatever I can to help you feel comfortable and understood.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Decades of research have demonstrated that an integrated, holistic approach leads to long-lasting change. Throughout my career, I have seen the important role that collaborating with other professionals can have in the process of self-discovery and self-understanding. I will only consult with other professionals if the client is open to it. Over the years, I have consulted with and been consulted by physicians, nutritionists, coaches, trainers, lawyers, and other therapists.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
My advice is that you take that step because therapy can really change your life. While you should know that therapy is hard work, it pays incredible dividends. Finding the right therapist can be challenging, so it’s important to ask questions about how they work and make sure you feel comfortable. As your therapist, I will never forget how hard it might have been for you to enter into treatment—and I don’t take that lightly.
What can I expect to gain from time in therapy or psychological-neuropsychological evaluation?
From the very first meeting, you can expect that I will give you my complete attention and all of the resources at my disposal to help you make real change in your life. In terms of evaluations, they’re designed to educate you about your cognitive, behavioral, and emotional functioning. Problems in school, work, and life can lead to anxiety and depression—learning about cognitive strengths and limitations enables us to live more satisfying lives. Whether you’ve had problems with learning, ADHD, anxiety, or have cognitive issues caused by a head injury, education can be the first step to coping and achieving your goals.
“Therapy is an active process that allows for individuals to develop the lives they want and refine or modify behavior—while remaining flexible and open to exploring.”