“Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.”

-Sigmund Freud

 

ABOUT ME

MY BELIEFS ABOUT SEEKING TREATMENT

As Freud noted, trying to bury our past is not the best way to recover from unpleasant events that have negatively impacted our lives. This is particularly true of traumatic situations that many people have experienced- experiences that they just can't seem to move past. The mantra of "forget about it" does little to improve our lives, and misery and suffering result from our ill-fated attempts to "bury" our past. Whether it manifests in strained family relations, challenges at work, the inability to feel "at home" in your own body, the inability to form close relationships, or as a substance use disorder, confronting your issues is the only way to successfully move on.

 

The decision to seek help for issues impacting your mental health is not an easy one to make. However, when you finally do make that decision, you need a therapist who is able to connect with you as a person. I keep my client base very small so that everyone gets the individual attention that they deserve because no one likes to feel like a "number."

I believe in the inherent worth and dignity of all people.  Through our work together I hope to enhance feelings of worth and dignity. I feel that this is important because when our self-esteem is at its zenith, our ability to cope with the problems of life is enhanced. My approach is one that puts the individual at ease and makes the experience of therapy as normal as possible.

EXPERIENCE

I have extensive experience providing care for individuals with a wide range of life challenges. My experience encompasses both inpatient and outpatient settings as well as NY State CPEP (comprehensive psychiatry emergency program) care, inpatient detox and rehabilitation, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient programming (IOP) and medication-assisted therapy for addictive disorders.

 

I am also experienced in the areas of corrections and forensics, having worked with individuals both during and after incarceration, addressing the unique mental health challenges associated with incarceration. I also work with individuals who have been impacted by crime/violence.  

EDUCATION/CREDENTIALS
  • California Southern University, Irvine, CA, Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

  • Touro College, New York, NY, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

  • State University of New York, Binghamton, NY, Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Gerontological Nursing, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner

  • Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis, Philadelphia, PA

  • Albert Ellis Institute, New York, NY, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) Certificate

  • Licensure: Psychologist, New York State: 022658

  • Licensure: Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry, New York State: F-401677 (certified with prescriptive privilege)

  • Master Addictions Counselor (MAC), National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)

  • Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor, level 2 (CASAC-2), New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)

  • Certification in Forensic Traumatology (CFT), American Association of Experts in Traumatic Stress/ National Center for Crisis Management

  • Certified Addictions Registered Nurse- Advanced Practice (CARN-AP), Addictions Nursing Certification Board

  • Diplomate, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (DAAETS)

  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), International Association of Trauma Professionals

  • Member, American Psychological Association

  • Member, Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity

  • Member, Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology

  • Member, Society of Addiction Psychology

  • Member, Society of Clinical Psychology

  • Member, Trauma Psychology- Division 56 of the APA

SPECIALTIES

I provide care for individuals with a variety of needs and challenges. I have the most experience treating persons who seek my help for the following challenges:

  • Addictive Disorders

  • Trauma/PTSD

  • LGBTQ issues (e.g: Trouble with "coming to terms" and "coming out")

  • Stress/significant life transitions

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Mood Disorders

LOCATION

ADDRESS

32 West State Street

Suite 201, Office # 2

Binghamton, NY 13901

I offer appointments in the evenings and on Saturdays.

My office is conveniently located on BC transit routes. 

NOTE: For the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be meeting in person for psychotherapy sessions. Instead, we will be using the doxy.me platform, a HIPAA compliant telepsych platform. Medication management clients will be given individual appointments for in-person assessments using appropriate social-distancing and personal protective equipment.