I graduated from Plainview-Old Bethpage High School in 1967. Shortly thereafter I attended SUNY Farmingdale in pursuit of an associates degree in human services. I wanted to work with people in a helping profession but at the time I was not at the point of readiness to complete career aspirations. Social expectations and hormones spoke louder, and as you might guess, my interests focused on marriage and family.
During the 1980's I began to explore vocational interests that were previously put on hold and volunteered at the Family Service League in Huntington, New York. There I witnessed first hand the resiliency of the human spirit and how supportive intervention helped people to improve their lives. My experience there inspired me, and the wonderful staff encouraged me to return to school. I graduated from SUNY Empire State College in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services.
A scholarship from the UJA Federation enabled me to choose Yeshiva University’s Wurwieler School of Social Work in NYC for my graduate studies. I completed my social work internships at both Long Island Jewish Hillside Medical Center and Selfhelp Community Services, which is a not-for-profit social service and homecare agency serving holocaust survivors, geriatric and disabled populations. I graduated in July of 1989 with a Masters degree in Social Work and recommendation for honors from my field instructor.
Following graduation I was retained by Selfhelp as a consultant to continue providing in-service training seminars to staff and to provide short term counseling services through the implementation of an employee assistance program. In January of 1990 I become licenced to practice Social Work in the State of New York. Through the allocation of an IBM grant awarded to Selfhelp, I conducted weekly support group sessions at the "Y" to help family members cope with the stress of care giving for their aged or disabled loved ones. During this time, I also derived experience from employment as a Social Worker for LIJ’s Certified Home Care Agency. At LIJ I provided individual psychotherapy and family counseling to acute and terminally ill home care patients and their families. My experience expanded further through employment as a Nephrology Social Worker at Good Samaritan Medical Center and Chronic Dialysis Center, where I provided psychosocial evaluation, crisis counseling, individual psychotherapy, family counseling and supervision of clinical staff.
My private practice began in 1991 with the acceptance of a referral from a colleague for private provision of psychotherapy services to a young women and her family who where struggling with issues triggered by debilitating illness. Shortly thereafter, I started seeing private practice patients regularly under Phd supervision, and my areas of clinical expertise continued to grow. I received my "R" qualification for third party insurance reimbursement in 1996. In 1998 I was awarded the designation of Certified Diplomat from the American Psychotherapy Association. Recently I completed a certificate in pet loss counseling from the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement under the direction of Dr. Wallace Sife, author and expert in this field. I draw upon my professional training, experience gained through decades of practice, and the wisdom obtained through life experiences as a wife, mother, and grandmother to guide my interventions. Most importantly, I listen to you and what your needs are with genuine compassion and empathy for your struggles. I believe that the best way to empower people to change within the therapeutic process is through understanding, trust, and support.