Humans are relational by nature. We can’t underestimate the healing power of authentic, collaborative and mutual relationships in filling a deep and fundamental need. Counseling is unique because our time is structured so that we can both work together to support you. The boundaries of the professional relationship can offer a space to air out thoughts and emotions that otherwise get stuffed down or hidden. Confidentiality can paradoxically create opportunities for intimacy, play, authenticity and spontaneity that extend into other parts of your life.
I specialize in using mindfulness to work with people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma and chronic pain. As a person who lives with chronic pain, I understand the struggle that comes with change. Most of us know 3 things we could do to make our lives healthier, happier and easier: we just can’t get ourselves to do them.
I use a gentle, insight-focused combination of mindfulness and motivational interviewing. That means that I listen closely, ask the deep questions and reflect your own wisdom back to you. We might explore your ambivalence about thoughts, feelings and behaviors that are helping you get through the day but holding you back from feeling truly free.
I also work with couples who want to use mindfulness to break free from habitual patterns of relating and find new ways to communicate more authentically. I help you to recognize triggers and defenses. Together we work to release old stories you’ve been retelling in your minds by connecting with each other in transformative ways in the present moment.
Experience & Training
Education and Affiliations
Master of Social Work – NYU
B.A., Psychology and Sociology – New School
A.A., Social Work – County College of Morris
Certified Holistic Health Coach – Institute for Integrative Nutrition
I’ve taught at colleges and universities and worked with consulting clients in non-profits, businesses and spiritual communities.
Some of my clients have included: The New School, New York University, NYU’s Center for Spiritual and Academic Life, The Ali Forney Center, The BrooklynPublic Library, Trickle Up, The Center for Active Design, Kripalu, B’nai Jeshurun, The Church Pension Group, Park Avenue Synagogue, Caron, and Odyssey House.
Meditation, Mindfulness and Yoga Training
- Year-long meditation Instructor and Secular Buddhist Program – The Interdependence Project
- 6 Weeks in Continuous Meditative Practice – Insight Meditation Society Retreat
- Buddhism, Trauma and Neuroscience – Jim Hopper
- Buddhist Languages – The New School
- Buddhism and Gender – The New School
- EMDR Training – The Center for Creative Mindfulness
- Over 6,000 hours of Combined Retreat Practice
- The Lineage Project – 20 Hour Training Intensive
- Restorative Yoga & The Central Nervous System – Yoga Vida
- Laughing Lotus – 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
- Exubrancy – 20 Hour Workplace Wellness Meditation Teacher Training
Additional Clinical Trainings:
- Advanced Motivational Interviewing with Sturtevant at The Kripalu Center
- Cognitive Behavioral Interventions – New York University
- Creative Arts Therapy Intensive – New York University
- Dance Therapy Intensive – The New School
- Social and Affective Neuroscience – New York University
- Psychedelics In Clinical Practice – The Center for Optimal Living
- Come As You Are – Emily Nagoski
- Substance Use and Abuse – University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey
- Youth Substance Use: Dual Diagnosis – University of Medicine and
- Dentistry in New Jersey
- Women and Substance Use Throughout the Lifespan – New York University
- Strengthening Families Program – The Lutra Group