I want to commend you on taking a brave step to heal and work on yourself.
My approach is non-judgmental, compassionate and always mindful of your experience.
I began my career in a holistic center, running a yoga studio and teaching mindfulness and found I had a talent for helping people change their lives. There was no question, I left my career as a Broadway actor and the rest is history.
My passion changed which led me to therapeutic care in community agencies and hospitals.
I created a strong clinical acumen while attending NYU as a Graduate Student. I always wanted to be in the hospital setting and began my career working on staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital as a Primary Therapist on the Inpatient, Partial, and IOP levels of care.
Strengthening my expertise and helping people get their lives back in order was my daily task. It was one heck of a strong clinical experience. You can feel confident that I have helped people heal from depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, and trauma. I provide Child, Adolescent, Adult, and Family Counseling.
As a double board certified eating disorder specialist in New Jersey, I am a national advocate and passionate therapist. I have spoken on issues related eating disorders across the country. I always utilize approaches informed by evidence-based practices including DBT, CBT, MBCT, TF-CBT. My practice includes multiple avenues of clinical interventions, continued contact with experts in the field and a constant consideration of each person that walks into my office.
Psychodynamic therapy focuses on the conscious and subconscious life that we all experience. The process sheds light on why specific problems repeat by exploring unresolved issues and unconscious feelings. This is what you may be familiar with – talk therapy – in which one talks to find more insight and understanding to their day to day experience. This theory is helpful to many and can present limited. That is why I bring together therapy and problem solving to help integrate a more tailored experience.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT)
Cognitive behavioral therapy works to help track and monitor how thinking and mood can influence one another when our defenses are up either consciously or subconsciously. This allows you to find what is called “automatic core beliefs” and “automatic negative thinking” which often can lead to more understanding and awareness of present moment experiences and offer strong change. This is all about what the chain of events means to you. It’s based on the premise that you can overcome an emotion but if you don’t change the behavior you will return. Fears or negative core beliefs are often a part of the experience. The goal is to create a new positive view and challenge the core beliefs over time.
DIALECTICAL BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (DBT)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy focuses on behaviors that are utilized when you consistently feel as though tolerating emotions is impossible. You may also not have the ability to express them. I utilize DBT informed interventions with many people. They may struggle with the ability to identify and verbalize emotions. Emotions may often present too intense. Trust and relationships are in taters. I am happy to assess your experience and help you find a treatment plan that is informed by DBT to help you gain mastery over the difficulties you have.
DBT offers the learning you may require to allow yourself to remain safe in a structured skill set. You get to experience life.
In addition to practicing the above therapies, I routinely study new and effective techniques in modern therapy, and I would be happy discuss my views and objectives with you.
I am a Professional Member of:
- NASW – The National Association of Social Workers
- IAEDP – The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals
I sit on the Board of: