I completed a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Rhode Island, where I was awarded both a Sigma Xi Grant for Aid to Research and a University of Rhode Island Graduate Fellowship. I did an internship and a postdoctoral fellowship at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, working on the inpatient and outpatient psychiatry units, Day Treatment program and the Borderline Personality Disorders unit. During that time, I was involved in a small study group with Dr. Marsha Linehan, the developer of Dialectical Behavoral Therapy, a treatment for those struggling with emotion regulation.
In subsequent years, I have been devoted to learning about and understanding how the mind and body interprets and processes information about past and current events and how that shapes our current sense of selves, anticipation of the future and the way we relate to others. I have sought training in the latest, state of the art treatments, including CBT, EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples. I have also studied Mindfulness meditation and use this personally and with clients.
I also enjoy working with and training other professionals. I offer individual and group supervision and facilitate at EMDR trainings. During this current Covid crisis, I am coordinating therapists in Westchester county to provide pro bono treatment for the staff at White Plains hospital. For many years I was the EMDRIA Regional Coordinator for Westchester county and was the original coordinator of the Trauma Response Network of Westchester county, an organization of trauma professionals who provide pro bono treatment to Westchester county residents in the aftermath of a man-made or natural disaster. I have been invited to speak to professional audiences on a number of topics (see Professional Activities page)
Finally, I am the founder of Advanced Psychology Seminars, a business that organizes professional workshops for colleagues on trauma related topics.