I am a child and adolescent therapist with a private practice in Park Slope, Brooklyn. I work with children, teens, and families to build social-emotional well-being, develop resilience, and enhance self-confidence. I practice from a developmental, psychodynamic, trauma-informed framework, integrating clinical applications from cognitive behavioral therapy, attachment theory, family systems, play therapy, and mindfulness.
My extensive experience in schools affords me particular expertise with respect to issues faced by school-age children. I also serve as the school counselor on faculty at Hunter College Elementary School, a model for gifted education for over 75 years, where I provide a range of social-emotional assessments, interventions, and program development with a special focus on the developmental processes of children within the context of schools, families, and community.
I'm well-versed in working with children who may be characterized as anxious, sensitive, intense, reactive, and who struggle with self-regulation. I’m also aware of the specific support needed for gifted, talented, and twice exceptional (2e) children. I’m a big proponent of arts in education, and having a performing arts background myself, I understand firsthand the protective factors the arts can offer as well as the clinical and developmental considerations when counseling talented young people.
I have been working with children, teens, and families for over 20 years in a variety of roles and settings, including as a school counselor, dean of student supports, counselor at community mental health centers, and therapist in private practice. I received post-graduate training at the New York Institute for Psychotherapy (NYIPT's Infancy, Childhood and Adolescence program). I hold an advanced Ed.M. degree in psychological counseling from Columbia University and state licensure as a mental health counselor (LMHC).
*Check out the Park Slope Parents write-up HERE from my summer ‘21 child mental health workshop.