After spending two decades as a broadcasting industry executive, I obtained my Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work. Prior to expanding my private practice to full time, I held the position of Director of 9/11 Mental Health Programs for Safe Horizon, Inc, which made use of my managerial skills from the corporate world as well as my experience as a psychotherapist, working with trauma and supervising other therapists. Before joining the 9/11 programs, I worked with survivors of domestic violence, and volunteered with Mt. Sinai Hospital’s Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention program. These several years of intense focus on trauma issues form an important segment of my current work.
During my tenure in the media and entertainment industry, I was a corporate communications and investor relations executive. In this capacity, I was a senior officer of several New York, American Stock Exchange and NASDAQ-listed companies. This corporate experience has been invaluable in private practice, especially in my work with EAP (Employee Assistance Providers), who refer many of my clients from the corporate and academic arenas. It provides a depth of understanding of our turbulent economic and political climate, as well as credibility in working with clients from the business world, law firms, investment banking institutions, and financial service organizations, and many challenging workplace issues.
As a psychotherapist, I am very results oriented. I integrate conventional talk therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy and relational/family work with innovative approaches to accelerate healing that includes EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), mindfulness-based therapy, mind/body techniques and other types of treatment. I am compassionate, open-minded, and have a calm demeanor. People describe me as warm, competent, focused, with a good sense of humor. I am an optimist who believes that problems have solutions.
I also became an institute-trained practitioner and completed post-graduate work in couples and family therapy at the internationally recognized Ackerman Institute for the Family, one of the early innovators in family therapy.
My specialties include abuse issues, trauma, self-esteem issues, couples work, stress reduction, and anxiety-related disorders, to name a few. I maintain offices in New York City and New Paltz, New York.
Years in Practice: 20
- EMDR Certified
Approving/Certifying Organization: EMDRIA
- Anger/Stress Management
- First Responders
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Date completed basic EMDR training: 1998
Trainer: Francine Shapiro
Date completed EMDR Advanced Clinical Workshop and Refresher Course (Part 3): 2008
Trainer: Laurel Parnell