Columbia University, Master of Social Work (MSW) NY, NY Iona College, Master of Business Administration (MBA) L-CSW, Public School Social Worker New York Certification
My Expert Service
Hello! I'm sure you've already looked at my experience and education, so I'll try not to be redundant. My approach to therapy is primarily client-centered, meaning I start where YOU are, and work with you on achieving your goal. I've been told I'm honest, straight-forward, and that my sense of humor (although a bit dry) have assisted many of my clients in the past. I truly believe compatability and a feeling of comfort are vital in determining success in a therapeutic relationship. I also dislike the overuse of jargon during therapy, and I speak in a very down-to-earth fashion. I believe that each person truly has the strength and skills to deal with their current issues and stressors, but may need some guidance and assistance at times, as well as some new tools and techniques. My approach is strengths-based and motivational, and I have often found Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to be quite helpful, primarily when dealing with depression and anxiety. This is my basic approach to therapy, and I look forward to speaking with you in the future.
Experience & Qualifications
I am a licensed clinical social worker, with over 12 years experience in a variety of settings throughout lower New York. I have worked in a Residential Treatment Center for severely emotionally disturbed boys and adolescent males, a medical hospital (with experience in emergency care, geriatrics, medical/surgical care, pediatrics, and geriatric), a school-based mental health clinic located in a "high risk" middle school in the Bronx, and an inpatient psychiatric hospital, as well as private practice. A bulk of my work has been with treatment-resistant adolescents and their families, with much experience in behavior problems, mood disorders (including depression and bipolar disorder), anxiety disorders, self-injurious behaviors, pervasive developmental disorders, ADD/ADHD, psychosis, and dual diagnoses. I have significant training in various areas, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational therapy, and Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). Other trainings include the Hamilton training (for depression) and Disruptive Behavior Disorders Intervention. I am also an active member of NASW.