My career started as a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Connecticut. There, I was fortunate to be trained in the scientist-practitioner model, where I learned to think critically and apply this method to my work as a clinician.
Following graduate school, I was a post-doctoral fellow at Schneider Children’s Hospital of Long Island Jewish Medical Center where I researched the relationship of ADHD and conduct disorder in adolescent boys, and trained as a marital and family therapist.
My professional experience includes time spent at a day treatment center for children and adolescents, as well as at the Northern Westchester Guidance Clinic, an outpatient facility specializing in domestic violence and sexual assault.
From 1995 to 1998 I was the psychologist on the inpatient adolescent unit at New York Presbyterian Hospital in White Plains, where I was able to develop expertise in working with teenagers. After that time I worked part time at the Purchase College Counseling Center until 2017, where I was able to engage with young people at a critical juncture of their lives.
Over the course of my career I have had specialized training in psychotherapy in a wide range of modalities including family systems, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical-behavior therapy, marital therapy and child and adolescent treatment.
In my private practice, in Mount Kisco, I work with a wide range of adolescents who may be dealing with school related stress, including anxiety about their grades or the college application process.
Likewise, pre-teens and teenagers often face questions related to their developing identity, and relationship issues with family and peers. I use a flexible approach that incorporates family treatment, when appropriate.
I work with adult clients across the life span who may be experiencing the challenges of being a parent while caring for an elderly relative, as well as those who may be struggling with depression, anxiety or trauma related issues. I also work with couples who are in need of assistance in repairing their relationships by focusing on communication, intimacy, finances or other important issues.
One of my primary areas of interest is in the area of divorce. I am committed to helping people work together so as to have the best outcome possible for each member of the family.
Having been involved in litigated divorces as a parent educator, forensic evaluator, parent coordinator, and in therapeutic supervised visitation, I am familiar with the challenges that this process presents to all those involved.
These experiences were instrumental in my decision to become a divorce coach and child specialist for those couples who choose to participate in a collaborative divorce.
A member of the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals, I have both attended, organized and presented in numerous trainings in this area and strongly believe that a multi-disciplinary team approach can lead to an agreement that protects the interests of all family members and allows for life post-divorce to proceed peacefully.
For more information about collaborative divorce, please visit www.nycollaborativeprofessionals.org.
I am happy to answer any questions that you may have about my practice. Feel free to call me at 914-666-0069 or use the form below. I look forward to working with you.