In short, I love my work. In addition to conducting groups throughout my career, teaching and supervising group psychotherapy is especially rewarding for me; it connects me to the "learner" in myself, the challenges of new concepts and skills, and the opportunity to make myself available to students in an open, interactive way to optimize growth. I try to become the kind of teacher I cherished. The student's quest for knowledge and a safe space in which to freely and, at times, vulnerably try on new ways of thinking, responding and looking at one’s role takes courage. Engaging in that process has led to meaningful connections for me whether I am the teacher or the student.
My interest in psychology began in college and continued through a doctorate from CUNY in the Clinical Psychology Program. Two years after receiving my Ph.D., I went back for more learning. As I began a private practice, I had plenty of new questions about the treatment process and the therapist's role. I took my time going through NYU’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, reading widely, discussing varied concepts in classes and enjoying different and exciting teachers and supervisors.
Since then, I have been a consistent contributor to EGPS and AGPA conferences, offering workshops and institutes as well as attending others. Being a co-creator of the EGPS One-Year Training Program in Group Psychotherapy and on the teaching faculty since the program's inception, I have totally enjoyed my engagement with bright, diverse students in small classes. I continue to teach even as the program's Co-Director because it is my favorite activity of many that I perform. Despite my “seniority”, I continue to learn from seasoned colleagues as well as the most honest, straightforward perceptions of neophytes.
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS
Co-Director and Faculty, EGPS One-Year Group Therapy Training Program CUNY Doctoral Program, Supervisor of Individual and Group Psychotherapy Private Practice
I have two ongoing groups in my private practice.
1.) Monday evening ongoing coed group (30's - 60's) with a primary task of learning about oneself in interpersonal relationships.
2.) Thursday evening coed group (40's- 60's) with a primary task of learning about oneself in interpersonal relationships along with a secondary focus on long term recovery from addictive behaviors.
Years in Practice: 36 School: CUNY Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology Year Graduated: 1982
Treatment Modalities and Fees:
Couples Group Individuals Initial Consultation Sliding Scale: Yes
Supervision/Consultation: in person
TYPES OF GROUPS:
Mixed Adult Group
MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALTIES:
Anxiety Cooperation Issues Depression Divorce/Separation Grief & Loss Marriage/Family Difficulties Occupational Concerns PERSDIS Post Traumatic Stress Debriefing Disorder (PTSD) Relationship Difficulties Sexual Difficulties Stage of Life Concerns
SCOPE OF GROUP PRACTICE:
Longer-Term Intensive Group Group Supervision-Consultation
Psychodynamic Psychoanalytic Interpersonal Cognitive-Behavioral Group as a Whole-Systems Theory