“I consider myself a hybrid-type clinician; I work with various methods but I always use a psychoanalytic framework.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have a world of experience. I have worked with mentally impaired chemically addicted (MICA) clients at the drug and alcohol rehab center at Bellevue Hospital and at the psychiatric unit at Woodhull Hospital where I lead group counseling and individual therapy. I’m fluent in both English and Hebrew and have conducted therapy in several different countries.
What should someone know about working with you?
I consider myself a hybrid-type clinician; I work with various methods but I always use a psychoanalytic framework. I try to focus on the client’s history and future goals. At times, I leap from traditional frameworks to provide clients with exterior resources in the city, including job placement companies and branching out to my public speaking consultant group. I believe therapy is a great way to provide a network of tools for my clients. I do not typically provide homework but if a client wants that from me for accountability, I will of course make that accommodation to assist them.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
As a provider, I try to keep myself up-to-date by reading different articles and attending conferences in addition to completing my CEUs. These courses are informative in psychoanalytic and creative arts therapy circles. I make sure to collaborate with other colleagues and attend supervised groups in order to enhance my current knowledge.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I’m always interested in learning how we can mold therapy to the modern age of the here and now. Therapy is not a cookie-cutter business; while former theories apply, I like to find ways to bring focus to modern modalities to fit my clients’ needs.
“I’m always interested in learning how we can mold therapy to the modern age of the here and now.”