I graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Minor in Sociology (1997). I attended Loyola University of Chicago and completed a Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work (2002) and a Post Master's Degree in School Social Work (2004).
Prior to starting my private practice, I have worked in a variety of different settings including both private and public schools, psychiatric hospitals, residential, foster care, and adoption care settings. In 2007, I began my private practice in Chicago, and subsequently moved my practice to New York City in 2011.
Because of my 20+ years of extensive field experience, I am capable of treating an array of mental health and emotional issues. I have had the opoortunity to work with children and families, as well as adults and couples. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) therapy. CBT is a solution based form of psychotherapy which helps patients to challenge thought distortions to promote changes in thinking and improvements in perceptions and behaviors. Research has shown that CBT is the most effective form of psychotherapy in treating both Anxiety and Depression.
In addition to specializing in patients with mood disorders, I am also an expert in coping with Chronic Illness. Managing chronic illness can be challenging and complex, not only physically, but from an emotional perspective. Talk therapy can be effective to help manage interpersonal relationships, mood issues, and navigating medical decisions. Since 2008, I have been volunteering for the Immune Deficiency Foundation, conducting over 30 expert lectures and coping skills groups to patients and caregivers throughout the country. I contributed to the Adolescent and Young Adult Sections in the Life Management Section of the Immune Deficiency Foundation, Patient and Family Handbook for Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases, 5th Edition. (See Here) I am currently working on a study of Mindfulness Based Treatments in conjunction with the Mood Network Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, PCORnet, and The Immune Deficiency Foundation. The purpose of this study is to examine the effectiveness of brief meditation exercises to improve the well-being of patients with Primary Immunodeficiency and other chronic healthcare conditions.
Finally, I believe in a holistic approach and will coordinate services with physicians, psychiatrists, nurse practioners, and family members upon your request. Coordination of care is vital in maintaining a more cohesive therapeutic experience.