A bit about me...
If you ask others how to describe me, curious is often the first word that comes to mind. I am a genuinely curious person, and this curiosity fuels some of my greatest passions.
When I approach something new, I try to remind myself of the choice to approach it with curiosity or fear, and I always, always enjoy life more when I am led by curiosity.
It is something I value deeply, and something I bring to my work as a therapist.
Our minds often label things as “good” or “bad,” “safe” or “dangerous” -- but what if we can bring this same curiosity into understanding our own experiences? Notice the patterns that exist, understand where they came from, and also let go of the unhelpful and practice new patterns that serve us even better. Not from a place of criticism, blame, or shame-- but from a place of, what if I can know myself better, treat myself kinder, live my life fuller?
...And some more about my work
I have extensive experience using cognitive-behavioral therapies to treat a range of psychological problems, with an emphasis on cultivating greater psychological flexibility, self-compassion, and well-being. I have specialized training in many evidence-based therapies, including traditional cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and compassion-focused therapy (CFT). I have particular expertise in helping individuals with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety, eating disorders, and insomnia.
In addition to providing clinical services, I also teach and supervise clinical psychology graduate students, serving as an adjunct assistant professor at the Ferkauf School of Psychology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.
I received my doctorate in clinical psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology (Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Yeshiva University), and graduated summa cum laude from Skidmore College with a B.A. in psychology and sociology. I completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at the New Jersey Department of Veterans Affairs where I worked with a diverse population presenting with a variety of concerns, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety. I have previously trained at Beth Israel Medical Center, St. Luke’s Hospital, The Center for Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapy, The Reeds Center, New York Founding, and the Parnes Clinic. My doctoral dissertation examined the relationship between economically disadvantaged adolescents’ perceptions of institutional and interpersonal fairness and their own interpersonal tendencies.
I am a member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), the New York City Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Association (NYC-CBT), and the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF).