I am committed to helping people recover from a variety of mental illnesses and addictions, have extensive experience working with individuals with life-threatening illnesses and physical injuries. The treatment of trauma is a cornerstone of my work in all areas. The training I received with Ben Dean, PhD (Mentor/Coach, LLC) in coaching has added an exciting dimension to my work. It has enabled me to help performers and business professionals seeking to enhance their work. It is a thrilling journey assisting people in clearing away blocks, setting goals, and finding psychological solutions and tools. It can literally change lives.

Teaching and supervising allows me to remain up to date and current in my field. For that reason, I am presently Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at New York Medical College. I've taught and supervised counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists for the past 12 years at St. Vincent's, at Yeshiva University, and at the New School for Social Research.


  • 2002 - Present: 2011 Postdoctoral Graduate in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis from New York University's Graduate School of Arts and Science. Rosetta W. Harris Fellow 2004-2005
  • 2001: Red Cross Disaster Mental Services I
  • 1998: Certificate in Alcoholism Counseling, New School for Social Research
  • 1997: PhD in Clinical Psychology, New School for Social Research
    Dissertation: Distinguishing Among Shame, Guilt, and Embarrassment. Minor PhD qualifying exam concentration in developmental psychology
  • 1992: MA Degree, Psychology, New School for Social Research
  • 1983: BA Degree, Psychology and Theatre, Smith College
  • 1978: National Science Foundation Scholar at the Summer Institute in the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud MN

Licenses and State Credentials

  • 1997: New York State Psychology License
  • 1999: New York State Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC)

Professional Experience

I have been in private practice since 1998. I have also worked in a variety of settings including:

  • Inpatient Physical Rehabilitation- for clients recovering from physical traumas
  • Inpatient and Outpatient Psychiatric Hospital Units- for clients in treatment for mental health concerns
  • Outpatient Alcohol Addiction Units- for clients seeking treatment for addictions
  • Organizations and Businesses- for clients seeking treatment for trauma related to the World Trade Center Disaster
  • NYC Firehouse- for firefighters and families seeking treatment for trauma and stress related to the World Trade Center Disaster