I began my clinical work in 1988 working with People With AIDS, their friends, and family members. This work provided me with an understanding of the frailty and fleeting nature of life, but also that the problems we have can and must be dealt with to maximize our quality of life.
I received my Master's Degree in Social Work from Hunter College in New York City in 1990 after completing internships with PWAs and another with children and adolescents in outpatient treatment.
My agency work encompassed four additional years as a caseworker and supervisor at AIDS-Related Community Services in Westchester. This was followed by five years at Comprehensive Behavioral Healthcare in Hackensack as an outpatient therapist where I gained a breadth and depth of understanding of mental health issues.
I hold a Certificate in Psychoanalysis from the New Jersey Center for Modern Psychoanalysis and a Ph.D. in social work from New York University's Silver School of Social Work.
Today I continue my private practice, lecture as an adjunct for the Silver School of Social Work at New York University, conduct research into the effects on clients of therapists who share their belief system during the course of treatment, facilitate a mindfulness group for the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County, and volunteer on the Board of Directors of the Bergen County Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence.