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. Because of my 20+ years of extensive field experience, I am capable of treating an array of mental health and emotional issues.
In 2007, I began my private practice in Chicago, and subsequently moved my practice to New York City in 2011.
In addition to specializing in patients with Mood Disorders (Anxiety and Depression), I am also an expert clinician in helping patients who cope with chronic illness. My decision to start treating patients with chronic illness began 10 years ago after I was diagnosed with a rare, chronic illness. Shortly after I was diagnosed with Primary Immunodeficiency, I made the commitment to serve others with chronic health care conditions. I became involved with the Immune Deficiency Foundation, conducting over 30 expert lectures and coping skills groups to patients and caregivers throughout the county. In addition, 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.