About Me

About Me

 

 

Backstory

 

For as long as I can remember I’ve been interested in people’s stories.

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As a child I enjoyed reading biographies and autobiographies. Now I especially enjoy a genre I didn’t know about back then: memoirs.

I also savored eavesdropping – on the subway, in restaurants, in the street - it was just so captivating.

It’s not surprising, then, that I ended up doing the work I do.

As a psychotherapist I carefully listen to people’s stories and

  • help them make sense of them
  • acknowledge the joyful and tearful moments
  • find new ways to frame them that aren’t so painful, and
  • allow them to navigate through them more easily.

As a homeopath I listen to people’s stories to understand them in a way that will enable me to find the remedy that will heal their troublesome symptoms.

In all the work I do I strive to help people move forward in health and balance, with the ability and confidence to enjoy new experiences and create new stories, and with resources to depend on for the inevitable challenges we face in life.

 

 

 

Credentials and Experience

 

I have a BA in English from Bard College and an MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work. I hold the most advanced NYS license in social work – Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with the R psychotherapy privilege for independent practice.

I am also a certified childbirth educator and trained labor doula.

For more than 25 years I have specialized in providing individual, couple, and group psychotherapy for pregnant and postpartum women and their partners, as well as teaching childbirth classes (in the previous incarnation of my practice, Choiceful Birth and Parenting). I have also provided training for doulas about postpartum mood disorders. In recent years I have expanded my practice to include women and couples at other points in the life cycle.

As a social worker I  worked for many years with teenagers in a school-based sexuality education and counseling program, providing individual and group counseling and, as the clinical director of the program for ten years, supervising social workers and doing program development and training. I also co-authored a sexuality education curriculum for small groups. Additionally, I am SIFI-certified and have supervised graduate social work students for both Hunter College School of Social Work and Columbia University School of Social Work.

I completed the four-year professional training program in classical homeopathy at the New York School of Homeopathy. My training included the study of the history, philosophy, materia medica (homeopathic remedies), and repertory (symptoms) of homeopathy, as well as the study of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology. I also completed two years of clinical practice in the school clinic. My interest in and use of homeopathy began with the profound homeopathic cure my infant daughter experienced when no conventional doctor could figure out how to help her.

 

Personal


I bring to my work the incredible experience of my own parenting journey. I am mom to a son and daughter who are now adults and remain the joy of my life. My husband and I continue to live in family-friendly Park Slope, Brooklyn, where we raised our children and where my practice is located.

In my work I sit … a lot. In my precious free time I can often be found in movement – doing yoga, working out at the gym, walking, and riding my bicycle. Or in the kitchen, on my feet, cooking, trying out recipes, and creating new dishes.