Job Title :
Areas of Treatment :
Complex Trauma, DBT, CBT
Practice Name :
New York, 10128 United States
Years in Practice :
Description of Practice :
She is a LCSW with experience as a program director, clinical supervisor and psychotherapist. She specializes in working with clients who have complex trauma, personality disorders, severe mood disorders, chronic suicidality, self-harm behaviors and/or high rate of psychiatric hospitalization. She specially trained in Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). She has expertise in clinical documentation and policy governing clinical practice as well as national accreditation processes for community based behavioral health clinics. She also creates and implements outcome measurement tools for individual practice and program development.
Areas of Expertise :
Trauma, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Complex Trauma, Social Work, Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders, Suicidality
Siena College, BSW; New York University, MSW
Year Graduated :
Board Certification :
Faculty Appointments :
- Clinical Supervisor
- Senior Psychotherapist and Senior DBT Team Member
- Provided training on NYS and federal requirements governing clinical practice and provides collaboration on complex cases requiring special clinical attention
- Conducts training on risk assessment, competent social work practice, and clinical documentation
How do you try to make a difference in the lives of your patients?
I truly believe in the human capacity for growth and change. My passion is working with children, adolescents and adults to help navigate the challenges associated with complex trauma, self-identity, and cultivating confidence in order to help people achieve full lives. I provide a safe, non-judgmental place where people can explore and understand their trauma so they can heal. I take the time to make the most accurate diagnosis so that my clients are empowered to participate in and guide their treatment so that their individual needs are met.
Professional Society Memberships :
National Association of Social Workers, Phi Alpha Honor Society
Honors and Awards :
- Top Social Worker in New York City from IACHP, 2018
- MVP of the Year for the Mental Health Department from Union Settlement, 2015
- Editing Assistant; Domestic Violence and Child Custody; Legal Strategies and Policy Issues (2010). Civic Research Institute. Kingston, NJ
- Editor & Contributor; Clinical Practice and Documentation Manual (2012). Saguaro Management Services, Raleigh, NC.
Teaching and Speaking :
I conduct training on risk assessment, competent social work practice, and clinical documentation (including agency-wide policy manuals). I have provided training on NYS and federal requirements governing clinical practice, and I provide collaboration on complex cases requiring special clinical attention.
Research Interests :
DBT, Suicidality, Self-harm behaviors, SMPI, MICA, TF-CBT, Complex Trauma,Social Work and the law, and Social Work and public policy.
Philanthropic Initiatives :
She believes in the importance and necessity of helping others heal through mutual understanding, connectedness and teamwork. Helping others to feel known and cared for, even when answers are not apparent, is the foundation for effective therapeutic work. She believes in the effectiveness of animal therapy; her personal pet was a therapy dog and together they would visit Veteran’s Association, nursing homes, hospitals and school campuses for events sponsored by Therapy Dogs International, Inc., as well as participation in local Read-to-Dogs program to help children improve reading skills.
Attributes Success To:
In order to be successful, it is necessary to have a strong support network both personally and professionally. She has always been dedicated to her professional development and she understands the benefits of clinical supervision. She attributes her strong work ethic to her mother and her supportive family.
Place of Birth :
Syracuse, New York
Favorite Medical Journal :
Clinical Social Work Journal, Social Work in Healthcare, Social Work in Public Health
Spending time with family, Exploring NYC, Game Night and Cooking