Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Solution-focused, Strengths-based
Based on a client's therapeutic goals and needs, my aim is to help them gain a greater understanding of themselves and their values, identify problems and attitudes and behaviors which may contribute to those problems, explore alternative courses of action, develop coping skills, find their strengths, and feel better. I assist clients in developing self-awareness, balance, and acceptance using a holistic approach while encouraging change and an understanding of themselves and their environment and culture. I use various psychotherapeutic techniques including when appropriate, meditation/mindfulness in which I am certified. I've facilitated meditation and mindfulness groups for over 25 years but recognize that meditation and mindfulness are not appropriate for every client.
MA - Political Science & Historical Studies, New School for Social Research
MSW - Social Work, Rutgers University
I became a mental health professional because I wanted to help people work through problems and realize their potential. I had been facilitating a Zen group and working with college students with disabilities as a learning specialist when I realized that I wanted to become a therapist. I was sensitized to the emotional and psychological needs of those with whom I worked. That was in the late 1990s. I felt that I could use my educational and meditation skills and experience to help people become more self-aware and effective.
I enjoy music (I'm a musician), art, food & wine, nature, and reading.
I meditate 25 minutes each morning.
My favorite non-profit is the National Alliance on Mental Illness or NAMI. I feel that they do a wonderful job educating people and reducing stigma.
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