OCTOBER 2011 TO PRESENT
PRIVATE PRACTICE – Child, Adolescent and Family Psychotherapy
White Plains, NY
- Cognitive-Behavioral and Psychodynamic Therapy for Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Adjustment Disorders and Depression in Adolescents and Children
- Parent-Child Dyadic Work with Young Children and Caregivers
- Parent Management Training
- Anger Management
- “Coping Cat” behavioral program for Anxiety Disorders in Children
- Transition to College and post-College for Adolescents and Young Adults
- Neuropsychological Testing and Diagnostic Interviews
- Family Therapy
- Home and School Visits for Pre-School Children
RECENT CLINICAL POSITION
WESTCHESTER JEWISH COMMUNITY SERVICES
Kids in Crisis in School (KICS) School Based Mental Health Clinic
Martin Luther King Elementary School, Yonkers, NY
Psychologist, August 2008 – May 2011
Conducted intakes, individual, and group therapy for seriously emotionally disturbed children in a Pre-K to 8th grade school located in an underserved community in Yonkers. Utilized evidence-based/CBT models and psychodynamically-oriented treatment for children diagnosed with PTSD, Anxiety, ADHD, Depression, suicidality, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Tourette’s Disorder, and Psychosis. Member of an interdisciplinary team including case managers, social workers, psychiatrists, guidance counselors, occupational therapists, nurse practitioners, and school administrators.
Performed intensive case management and interfaced with school staff, caregivers, child protective services, hospital in-patient personnel, and community social services to provide wrap around services for at-risk children. Advocated for appropriate school and/or hospital placement and supported families through the Committee on Special Education process.
Developed and implemented behavior plans for the classroom and home. Designed and participated in training for school staff regarding the use of behavior modification in the classroom. Attended CSE meetings and participate in scholastic planning.
Create groups based on evidence-based treatment programs for Kindergarten through 6th grade children to address anxiety, school behavior, depression, interpersonal skills, and bullying.
Parent training. Educated and guided parents regarding age-appropriate expectations and helped parents address the needs of their children during times of family stress.
BELLEVUE HOSPITAL CENTER OF NEW YORK
Senior Children’s Counselor, 1989 – 1995
Counseled children and adolescents after traumatic spinal chord and brain injuries. Provided education and support for terminally and chronically ill children, and their families. Assessed baseline developmental level and cognitive functioning of children on the medical unit.
Pediatric Infectious Disease Clinic, 1993 – 1995
Intensive Care Unit, 1989 – 1993
Developed and implemented support groups for school aged children and adolescents infected with HIV virus. Individual treatment for children ages 3 years through 18 years going through the grieving process. Worked as a member of a multi-disciplinary team which included researchers, doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, and nursing staff.
Pediatric Sexual Abuse Clinic, 1993 – 1995
Interviewed and counseled children suspected of experiencing sexual abuse (ages 18 months to 11 years of age). Prepared and helped children cope with invasive medical examination. Testified in court regarding sexual abuse allegations.
COLUMBIA PRESBYTERIAN MEDICAL CENTER, New York
Coordinator of After-School Group Therapy Programs, 1995 – 1998
The Special Needs Mental Health Clinic
- Developed and executed therapeutic groups for emotionally disturbed children and adolescents infected and affected by HIV virus, with a focus on social skills. Children were diagnosed with ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Conduct Disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
- Supervised students and staff.
- Received supervision and training in neuro-psychological assessment.
CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK – CITY COLLEGE
Student Therapist, 1995 – 2001
- Performed neuro-psychological assessments and intakes for undergraduate students seeking treatment at the counseling center. Counseled individual adult and child patients for long-term psychotherapy with a culturally diverse population. Treated a young child whose primary caregiver was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Parent training for caregivers.
BARNARD COLLEGE – FURMAN COUNSELING CENTER
Clinical Psychology Intern, 2003 – 2005
- Responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of twenty undergraduate students per week. Use of psychodynamically-oriented and behavioral techniques to treat patients diagnosed with a variety of psychological difficulties including perfectionism, adjustment disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse, cutting, suicidality, trychitilomania, ADHD, depression, and anxiety. Created and executed group for undergraduate students diagnosed with chronic illnesses.
The City University of New York’s
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, 2007
Bank Street Graduate School of Education
Early Childhood Special Education, 1990-1993
B.S., Child Development/Early Childhood Education, 1988
PROFESSIONAL TRAINING AND INTERESTS
DIR/ Floortime Training – Parent-Child Interventions with Children Diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Trainee, September 2007-May 2008
The ACTION Program
Trainee, August 2008
Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Depression in children.
Initial Assessment and Risk Evaluation in Children
Course Participant, October 2008
Course Participant, March 2008
Diagnostic Manual for Early Childhood: DC: 0-3R
Course participant, April 2009 and October 2010
Coping Cats/ Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Anxiety in Children ages 6-13
Use of this evidence-based curriculum, February 2010 to present
Child Sexual Abuse Assessment
Parent Management Training, Yale University
The Hardy Girls Curriculum for Girls and Young Women