I am currently conducting Teletherapy visits only.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a specialized form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that is designed to produce cognitive and behavioral change while balancing acceptance.
I specialize in DBT to help people with emotion regulation problems. DBT is an effective treatment for people who are in need of coping skills to more effectively regulate emotions, decrease problem behaviors, gain and maintain healthy relationships, identify goals, values clarification and build a life worth living. DBT includes individual therapy, skills training group, and phone coaching. The first step will be to understand each person’s unique needs and core problems in order to offer the best possible care. DBT is an evidence-based treatment and has been shown to be effective in treating depression, anxiety, relationship problems, substance misuse, self-injury and borderline personality disorder.
There are 4 modules in Skills Training that will provide individuals the full set of skills. Mindfulness skills help people to be in the present moment instead of worrying about future stressors. Distress tolerance skills help people develop the ability to get through difficult situations without making them worse. Interpersonal effectiveness skills help people develop the ability to interact effectively with others. Finally, emotion regulation skills help people to more effectively manage and change their emotional responses.
I specialize in attachment focused Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Attachment focused EMDR is used to treat post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the psychological effects of smaller traumas that manifest as symptoms of depression, anxiety, phobias, low self-esteem, creativity blocks and relationship difficulties. When using EMDR healing may occur much more rapidly than in traditional therapy.
Harm Reduction is defined as reducing any damage caused by alcohol or other drug use. Effective therapy begins where the person is, which is being impacted by culture, race, relationships, income, values and personal preferences. The therapy starts with a comprehensive intake to determine your goals and address more internalized mental health disorders.
For some people it means avoiding or reducing harm by setting limits and making educated and safer choices. For others, the best way to reduce harm, is not to use them at all.
Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR) is a therapy for Trauma. Developed to treat Attachment Trauma, Shock Trauma and other unresolved trauma-related experiences.
DBR is a scientifically-based transformational therapy relying on the human brain having an inherent ability to find healing from emotional trauma. The memory of the initiating event is approached by accessing the core of the traumatic experience in the original physiological sequence in the brainstem, giving an anchor in the part of the memory sequence that occurred before the shock or emotional overwhelm that is leading to the continuing symptoms.
Deepening awareness into this orienting tension provides an anchor for grounding in the present so that the mind is neither swept away by the high intensity emotions, nor diverted into a compartment holding a self-state frozen in time in which contact with the present is lost.
(© Deep Brain Reorienting 2022)
I am a psychotherapist in private practice, located in Midtown Manhattan and licensed in New York and New Jersey. I am intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT therapy) since 2005. In addition, I am trained in attachment focused EMDR therapy (EMDRIA Certified) as well as Deep Brain Reorienting. My areas of expertise are in trauma work, harm-reduction psychotherapy, mood/behavior difficulties and teaching coping skills for managing emotions and behaviors that create stress in your life.
I have over 17 years experience in college mental health providing counseling at Sarah Lawrence College, specializing in mindfulness based treatments including DBT. I have taught as an adjunct professor at NYU Silver School of Social Work. I received my MSW in Social Work from Fordham University in 2001. I co-authored “Dialectic Behavior Therapy for a College Population: Application at Sarah Lawrence and Beyond” published in the Journal of College Student Psychotherapy (January 2013). I am a LGBTQ affirmative therapist.