As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, my training has been broad based, which allows me to call on different skills according to different needs of the client. I have a Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) and an MA in Movement Psychotherapy, which gives me a grounding in two very different, but complementary, approaches to therapy. Whereas social work primarily focuses on verbal interaction, movement psychotherapy focuses on non-verbal interaction. What this means in your session is that I can have more information to work with than if I were only listening to your words. If a mother tells me something about herself and her daughter chooses that moment to sit on her lap, I may wonder out loud what the mother’s comment may mean to mom and what impact it might have on her daughter.
I have done a lot of work in the relationship between mind and body. I created the Mind/Body Psycho-educational Program at St. Barnabas Hospital at their Institute of Reproductive Medicine and their Cancer Center. When someone has been referred to me by their doctor for therapy, having experienced a physical symptom with no apparent biological cause, I am trained to identify when the physical pain in the body may be a metaphor for other psychological pain. This can lead to a more comprehensive understanding of the person.
I’ve done extensive post-graduate training with the pioneers of family therapy, at the Maudsley Hospital in London, the Ackerman Institute and the Minuchin Center for the Family, both in New York City.
I am the former Director of the Monroe Young Family Centre at the Tavistock Clinic in London, England, which offered assessment and treatment to families coping with abuse and neglect. As a member of the faculty at Hahnemann University, I taught graduate classes in family therapy on their MA program in movement psychotherapy at Goldsmiths’ College, London and have written several articles on the integration of the two fields. I also received the award for general excellence for my Master’s thesis on non-verbal interaction in adoptive families.
For eight years, I worked at Family Service League as a senior clinician and clinical supervisor to MSW students. I am a member the Montclair Mental Health Consortium. I continue to lecture and present work at hospitals, universities, and other organizations, including Oxford University, Hahnemann/Drexel University, Mountainside Hospital and Montclair State University.
I am fortunate in having, as collaborators, an excellent multidisciplinary network of professionals, including obstetricians and gynecologists, general practitioners, pediatricians, internists, psychiatrists, midwives, genetic counselors, student assistant counselors, teachers and other therapists.
I am a clinical teacher member of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA), an affiliate member of the American Association of Marital and Family Therapy, a professional member of the National Association of Social Workers, and a member of Postpartum Support International.
Here are testimonials from people with whom I have worked.
Below is an episode of NBC’s HouseSmarts in which they interviewed me on how a family is like a management team: