I'm a relational, integrative psychotherapist with a private practice in New York City. Prior to private practice, I worked at a sex addiction treatment center where I conducted individual and group therapy, provided clinical supervision and developed programming. I present regularly on addiction topics, teach psychodynamic psychotherapy and have pursued the central question of how people change for more than ten years.

Although addiction is my speciality, I also help individuals overcome a variety of issues including unhealthy relationship patterns, lack of meaning, toxic work environments, adverse psychedelic experiences and other difficulties in living. Underlying any issue that brings someone to therapy is a way of being in the world that may have worked at one point, but has now outlived its usefulness. I use my therapeutic expertise within the context of a genuine, non-judgmental connection to help clients reach their goals.

Clients Work With Me Because:

  • I have extensive post-graduate training in contemporary psychotherapy and integrate the latest research from motivational enhancement, neurobiology, and relational theory to help clients reach personalized goals

  • Because I have worked with hundreds of individuals with addictive issues, I know how to quickly recognize and help clients work through common themes, patterns and blocks

  • I value the uniqueness of each client and therapy relationship and use my versatile skill set to customize an optimal treatment approach

  • I use a strengths perspective, recognizing and building on progress no matter how small

  • I listen in a deep way and strive to clarify and understand clients’ personal experience

  • I value client feedback, good or bad, to make effective therapeutic adjustments

  • I’ve been a client myself so I know what it’s like from both sides

Licenses / Certifications

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) by the State of New York (2010)

  • Specialist in Problematic Sexual Behavior (S-PSB) by the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (2012)

  • Certificate in Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center (2011 to 2019)

Education

  • Master of Clinical Social Work (2010) - Fordham University

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (2000) - University of Kansas

Professional Memberships

  • New York State Society for Clinical Social Work (NYSSCSW)

  • American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work (AAPCSW)

  • Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH)

  • Committee on Psychoanalysis and Addiction Treatment (COPAT)

  • Addiction Treatment Professionals Peer Consultation Group (ATP)

Recent Presentations

Beyond Sex Addiction: Expanding our Understanding and Treatment of Problematic Sexual Behaviors
The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center - Annex Series - April 1, 2016

On the Edge: Clinical Innovations (and precautions) in Treating Problematic Sexual Behavior
Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health - Annual Conference - September 24, 2016

Problematic Porn Use: Short-term Treatment Interventions
NYU Student Health Center, Counseling and Wellness Services - April 19, 2017

Sexual Havoc to Sexual Health: Working with Out-of-Control Sexual Behavior
PPSC Spring Colloquium - May 6th, 2019