I have been fortunate to have had a wealth of varied experiences in life both as a clinician and, simply, as a human being through which I have gleaned valuable insights in life and living. Above all I have come to value equanimity, the ability to move through life’s triumphs and vicissitudes with a grounded assurance in maintaining my serenity come what may. This is an outlook which I have successfully shared in my clinical work. In my youth I was a deeply engaged community activist leading several successive local organizations dedicated to the communal welfare of the locality in which I lived. As my interests became more focused on small group and individual change, I sought training after graduate school in the theory and techniques of both Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. I hold certifications in each of these disciplines and they form the basis, in varying measures, of my clinical approach. My clinical practice has been with individuals, couples, families, children, and adolescents. I have served in private practice, Urban Schools, Community Mental Health Centers, Substance Abuse Treatment facility, and Child Welfare Agencies. I mesh well with people of varied ethnic, racial, cultural, and religious orientations. I have also had a lifelong interest in the somatic arts as well as an ongoing spiritual quest for wholeness. I have studied Aikido for many years with NY Shin Budo Kai dojo and I was awarded a grant to develop a Conflict Resolution Program for high school students at an alternative schools utilizing principles drawn from the practice of Aikido. I also studied Tai Chi for years with a world-renowned master of the art and continue this practice daily. I have been a certified Shiatsu Practitioner since 1990 and I am also certified in the Healing art of Qi Gong. These somatic practices deepen my clinical practice by enabling me to connect more fully with each client with whom I engage. In my ongoing social life, I have taught Sunday School and served as President of my Church, The Unity Center of New York City. I am also Past Master of Washington Lodge 21 in NYC, an esteemed Masonic Lodge which has met regularly since it was formed in 1800. So, you might see I am fully equipped to engage clients where they are and cojoin with them to achieve their treatment goals in a friendly accepting therapeutic space.
Education and Certifications
AAS, Public Policy
MSW, Social Work
Certification in Site Supervision of Social Work Interns
Advanced Training and Certification in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
Clinical Social Work Supervisor Training
Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Completed Specialized Training to qualify for New Jersey LCADC
When I worked in Essex High School, I received a grant to develop a set of modules combining my clinical expertise with techniques drawn from the non-violent martial art, Aikido. The sequence demonstrated to student how to keep their ‘cool’ and remain ‘centered’ in confrontations while recognizing their need as well as their antagonist and leading them to mutually satisfying solutions through ‘win-win’ problem solving. My project over the years has been to align the varying treatment approaches I utilize for individual clients in a sound integral and integrative manner in order to maximize effectiveness
Why are you passionate about providing mental healthcare?
My passion has always been to meet each client where they are, explore their presenting and attendant issues, providing an opportunity to deepen my knowledge of human experience, motivating me to research deeper in the literature for techniques and approaches by which I could assist my clients to clarify and reach their goals and improve the quality of their lives. When I am successful, I feel especially honored and humbled by the trust provided me by each client.