I am a licensed clinical social worker in New York, California, Illinois and Florida.
My New York license information can be found here ;my Florida license information can be found here ; Illinois here; and California here.
I am also Board Certified as a Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) with the Center for Credentialing and Education. For more information on Distance Counseling and training, click here.
I have over 15 years’ experience in community organizing, social work and psychotherapy, which began when I worked with survivors of torture and war trauma in Chicago at the Marjorie Kovler Center and later as an extern in New York City at the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture.
In 2005 I traveled twice to the Kurdish region in northern Iraq to train clinicians on methods of trauma treatment, as part of a US State Department program in partnership with Heartland Alliance International, and in collaboration with Steven Reisner, Phd.
I was a psychotherapist for several years in a community mental health center in The Bronx, a satellite of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where I treated a range of conditions, including severe depression, anxiety disorders, borderline and dissociative disorders, suicidality, and addiction. I provided supportive therapy to individuals suffering from chronic illness and I also provided supportive therapy to family members around grief and end-of-life issues.
I conducted individual, couples and family therapy, using a variety of treatment modalities.
Project Development, Corporate and Government Relations, Management
I also have extensive experience from years of work as a leader and creative force in the non-profit sector as Director of Community Organizing with the Citizens Committee for New York City, leading a staff of social workers, designing city-wide anti-poverty and community building projects for adults and teens, raising funds with corporate leaders and teaming up with elected officials at the city and state level.
Training and Affiliations
After studying film at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, I completed a degree in French and Philosophy from the University of Illinois and a year of study at the Université Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle) Centre Censier. I completed graduate study in community organizing at the Hunter College School of Social Work, and obtained an MSW from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service.
I have completed six years of advanced post-graduate clinical training with the Apres-Coup Psychoanalytic Association as well as four years in the Adult Psychoanalysis program of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR). In addition, I have obtained post-graduate clinical training in couples therapy; family therapy with adolescents; and racism and white privilege in psychotherapy with the Ackerman Institute for the Family. I have training in addressing LGBT identity and trauma with the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy’s Psychotherapy Center for Gender and Sexuality. Finally, I have training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with the Beck Institute.
I remain in regular supervision with senior clinicians in both the psychodynamic and CBT fields.
I am a member of Division 39: Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association ,the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the National Association of Social Workers.