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My Approach to Psychotherapy
As a clinical psychologist, I believe that investing in yourself and your dreams is one of the important decisions you will ever make. I view psychotherapy as an empowering means to achieve your goals. Together, we collaboratively determine those goals and create a personalized therapeutic experience for you. We will work on building and maintaining motivation to follow through with your goals, to maximize gains and maintain them. I will help you become more aware of your thoughts, feelings, and actions, and how to monitor them. We’ll design exercises to practice the techniques learned in the office to real world situations. These in-session and between-session opportunities will enable you to make a meaningful difference to change the way you think, act, and feel.
In order to help you achieve your goals, I empower you through learning Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques. CBT is an evidence based psychotherapy that teaches you to cope with stressful situations and change your thoughts and actions that are related to painful emotions. You will gain skills to deal with life’s frustrations, as well as reduce self-defeating behaviors and thoughts. CBT has been shown to be effective for anxiety and depression in many clinical research studies.
I am a New York State licensed clinical psychologist, who is board certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology. I specialize in providing short-term, evidence based psychotherapy for anxiety, depression, sexual problems and related issues in adults, as well as disruptive behavior and school refusal in children and adolescents. I also hold a New York certification (provisional) in school psychology. During the day I am a school psychologist in a special education high school. To ensure that you receive the ideal level of personal and individualized care. I see a limited number of patients during the afternoons and evenings.
I conduct evaluations including psychological assessments and functional behavior analysis. I have made presentations at local, national and international conferences. I have taught doctoral, masters,and undergraduate students at local institutions and provide workshops to the community.
I am dedicated to providing the highest quality psychological care to you. To maintain my scholarship beyond my formal education, I keep up with the cutting edge psychological theories and therapeutic techniques by reading research journals, attending workshops and conventions, where I present.
Education, Training, & Experience
I am Board Certified in Behavioral & Cognitive Psychology, having expertise in CBT vetted by the American Board of Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology (ABBCP),a member board of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).
I received my PhD in Clinical and School Psychology from Hofstra University under the mentorship of Mitchell L. Schare, PhD, ABPP. At Hofstra University, I was the Clinic Coordinator for the Phobia and Trauma Clinic (formerly the Virtual Reality Clinic). While studying for my doctorate, I completed two internships, one in clinical psychology at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, NY, and another in school psychology in the Fort Lee, NJ School District Child Study Team. During my school internship, I had the opportunity to conduct assessments and counsel children from kindergarten through high school. Throughout my clinical internship, I worked as a diagnostician in the emergency room, and conducted individual and group therapies for people admitted to the psychiatric hospital.
I was postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University’s Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD) under the supervision of Anne Marie Albano, PhD, ACT, ABPP. I gained extensive experience using CBT with children and adults. During my fellowship, I worked for the New York Office of Mental Health’s Evidence Based Treatment Dissemination Center (EBTDC) to consult with 200+ clinicians learning to conduct parenting skill enhancement and treat ADHD and ODD.
After my fellowship, I worked as a licensed psychologist at Kings County Hospital Center, where I conducted functional behavior analysis (FBA), designed individualized behavioral interventions, collaborated in curriculum development, and provided staff training. I also supervised the clinical work of doctoral candidates in psychology, behavior analysts, and paraprofessional staff.
My research on anxiety, high-tech interventions such as virtual reality, reducing harmful behaviors, and phonological issues in reading have been presented at local, regional, national, and international conferences. I keep current with research by reading mental health journals. I am also a reviewer for journals including The British Journal of Psychiatry and New Media & Society.
I have been working in the field of mental health since 2000 in various capacities. Before receiving my PhD, I served as a research assistant, case manager, research study clinician, consultant school psychologist, psychoeducational assessor, and psychotherapist.