I began my journey into the helping profession by obtaining a Certificate of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling (CASAC) from the State of New York in 1996. I received my undergraduate degree (2001) and my masters in Social Work (2002) from Fordham University in New York City. I obtained my LCSW (#77715) in 2003. In 2006 I resumed my clinical education and training through the doctoral program at Smith College School for Social Work and in 2016, I graduated with a PhD in Clinical Social Work.
I have had the opportunity to practice addiction counseling and psychotherapy with individuals, couples, families and groups in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation treatment and training facilities, social service agencies, inpatient psychiatric units, psychoanalytic training centers and in private practice.
The clinical training and supervision I have received throughout my career and the clinical experience I have amassed over the years contribute to the evolving knowledge I have of human behavior and of myself. This knowledge, along with a creative sensibility, loyalty to my work and a sense of humor, provide the scaffolding within which I work with clients to reach their full potential and achieve their vision.
In addition to my private practice I am currently on the faculty in the Master’s of Professional Studies at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where I teach Clinical Topics in Addictionology. I also teach in the Advanced Certificate Training Program in Psychodynamic Addictions Treatment at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center in New York City. I have served on the board of directors for the Employment Program for Recovered Alcoholics (EPRA) since 2004 and as president of the board since 2014.