“I welcome all types of clients but I have a soft spot for aspiring performers.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I began my adult life in the theater, becoming a director and then the owner of a dinner theater. During a turbulent era in New York City, I worked to provide services to Lower East Side residents as a director of a settlement house and then pioneered into the delivery of services to people living in single residency occupancy (SRO) hotels following deinstitutionalization. Subsequently, I was drawn to the field of biofeedback and the then brand new subspecialty of neurofeedback. In the latter, I have been a pioneer, using this technology in hospitals and private settings for the amelioration of sleep problems, anxiety, hyperactivity in children, and performance optimization. I have lectured, taught performance techniques in college settings, and worked with athletes and businesspeople to sharpen their performance skills. My highly integrative approach to psychotherapy and coaching perfectly reflects my varied careers and numerous interests in service and the power of the brain to heal.
What should someone know about working with you?
Every client receives a program plan that is customized to his or her specific needs and goals. On our first discussion, I will interview you to learn about your needs, concerns, and goals. Prior assessments and diagnoses are considered at this time. The customized program may contain visualizations, guided imagery, journaling assignments, and the mastery of relaxation techniques in addition to talk therapy. Progress is measured by the achievement of your individual goals. I welcome all types of clients but I have a soft spot for aspiring performers.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I feel it is of vital importance to work on my own ability to focus and maintain a balanced brain. To this end, I use my own techniques of visualization and mindfulness meditation, participate in groups practicing spiritual meditation, and train my brain using neurofeedback. I also take continuing education courses offered by the social work community to learn about new techniques in psychotherapy, changes in the laws affecting the practice of social work, and challenges facing young people today.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe strongly in the brain's ability and even desire to optimize its functioning, to shed habitual responses to external stimuli that are no longer working, and to achieve coherence and balance; my approach to therapy and the techniques and exercises I utilize are designed to encourage this optimization.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I have been an enthusiastic provider of neurofeedback training for many years. There continues to be exciting developments in this field and changes in technology that deliver even more precise feedback to the central nervous system, allowing it to shift and optimize. I look forward to this continued evolution in the field.
“I believe strongly in the brain's ability and even desire to optimize its functioning, to shed habitual responses to external stimuli that are no longer working, and to achieve coherence and balance; my approach to therapy and the techniques and exercises I utilize are designed to encourage this optimization.”