All families have moments of struggle. Sometimes those moments are deeply complex. For families who are struggling with mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, social/peer challenges, significant behavioral or emotional dysregulation, trauma, or perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD), I offer clinical support that is informed by best psychological practices, effective treatment protocols, and authentic emotional attunement.
Whether you are seeking child & family therapy, postpartum support, individual therapy, or some combination of these approaches, I will work with you to determine the most appropriate level of care for whatever you may be facing. No matter what your particular challenges may be, my goal is always to help you to find the path to repair, health, and connection that can often get lost when dealing with mental health struggles.
I aim to help everyone (children and grownups) feel seen, heard, and held. It is only when people feel recognized and safe that they can begin to unpack the layers of all the things that aren’t working, set them aside, and make room for new ways of thinking, new ways of listening to one another, new ways of connecting, and new ways of being.
For families that are struggling with mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, social/peer challenges, significant behavioral or emotional dysregulation, or trauma, I offer an approach to family therapy that acknowledges the entire family system as a whole being--one that must be supported in its entirety in order to treat whatever symptoms are being expressed.
I help families come together to understand the root causes as well as the environmental obstacles that are at play, to reconnect, reestablish trust and safety, and to find ways to support one another through whatever challenges they may be facing. Through this process, families are able to create a healing environment that supports mental wellbeing and family harmony.
For new parents who are feeling overwhelmed by the need to do everything perfectly, are feeling confused with where to begin, or are feeling sadness, guilt, shame, fear, or isolation--any one of these experiences can make it challenging to connect or bond with your child, and can be very upsetting and unsettling as you are finding your footing as a new parent.
Whether you are experiencing a Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder (PMAD) or are just struggling to feel like yourself and feel connected with a new child, I will work with you to understand the complex changes that are happening, to lift the veil of secrecy around the very real and very common emotional hurdles that accompany such a profound life transition, give you a safe place to work through your thoughts and feelings, and to develop a new relationship with yourself as a parent and with your new child.
If you are one of the many parents who find that they are not feeling that immediate spark of connection with their baby, you are not alone. The parent-child relationship is a relationship and it can take time to evolve and feel familiar.
In parent-infant dyadic work, I offer an environment for you and your baby to be together in a new way; for you to learn how to observe your child and yourself without preconceived notions, expectations, or judgements. I help you to quiet the noise and find ways to authentically connect with your baby and enhance the sense of attunement, connection, and trust that are the building blocks of secure attachment. This can be especially helpful for new parents who might otherwise not be able to seek treatment due to challenges finding childcare coverage in the postpartum period.
Are you struggling with your own experience of how you were parented? Perhaps you had a parent who had a hard time demonstrating unconditional love and support, a codependent relationship with a parent, or a parent who grappled with their own stressors, mental illness, or trauma.
Many people, regardless of whether they are parents themselves or not, have a complicated relationship to their own experience of how they were parented as a child. In individual therapy, I will help you to process complex or traumatic childhood relationships, to identify the ways these experiences shaped how you connect with the people in your life now, and to find ways to shift what is not currently serving you. I will help you to develop a new sense of safety and security through which to build an authentic and confident sense of yourself, of your values, and of the kind of secure and trusting relationships you desire.
I received my doctorate in clinical psychology from the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University. I completed a pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship in clinical psychology at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, where I obtained advanced training in psychotherapy and neuropsychological assessment. I previously held a faculty appointment at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital and as a Supervising Psychologist at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, where I provided clinical supervision to psychiatry residents, psychology interns, and psychology externs and oversaw the DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) program.
Member of Westchester County Psychological Association
I am trained in psychodynamic and relationship based approaches, behavioral therapies including CBT and DBT, as well as mindfulness techniques.
I have a decade of experience working in diverse clinical settings, including hospital inpatient and outpatient clinics, college counseling programs, and faculty private practice. I currently see clients in my private practice in Pelham, NY as well as through the group practice Octave Health, an innovative clinic with a focus on accessible and quality care located in Midtown Manhattan where I am a staff psychologist on the team.
Member of Women’s Mental Health Consortium