DO YOU DESIRE A LIFE WITH MORE EASE?
Are you in touch with your best Self?
Do you want to be more Aware and Mindful?
Do you dream about a life where you are more at ease, able to accept what life brings you and more capable of living fully? Do you hope to be free from your symptoms or at least more confident in your ability to manage the waves of challenges you face day to day, year to year?
Can you even imagine what that life might look like? Many of us are weighed down by so many burdens; physical health conditions, family stress, feelings of unhappiness, boredom, loneliness and numerous other symptoms of (dis) ease that the idea of living fully, working towards ones dreams (if we even are trusting ourselves enough to have a dream...) is not even in our thoughts.
My desire is to help YOU begin to be able to realize that it is possible...
Psychotherapist, Meditation & Mindfulness Coach, Nutritionist
My primary goal as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor/ Psychotherapist is to assist individuals to manage the challenges of life. I work with my clients to bring mindfulness to ones day to day experiences; Relating with others (loved ones as well as strangers), and general mindfulness of thoughts & emotions. Practicing mindfulness is a useful tool to begin changing unhelpful patterns and habits.
In addition to my work as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, I have also worked for over 20 years as a Certified Diabetes Educator and Registered Dietitian ,working with individuals in different settings including Outpatient Diabetes Health Centers, Outpatient Mental Health Clinics, and Drug Alcohol Treatment. Along with working with individuals suffering form general life challenges, I specialize in helping individuals manage the emotional challenges one often faces living with chronic health issues.
Prior to working as a Mental health Counselor, I received my Masters in Nutrition through Bastyr University, an Alternative Medicine University in Seattle, WA, where I trained in Alternative/ Holistic Nutrition. I can work with individuals who may have food allergies and or food sensitivities. Many of our health issues can be related to our diet. If you experience physical health symptoms such as fatigue, sluggishness, brain fog, irritable bowel, chronic congestion, poor sleep or any of the other numerous physical complaints that you cant seem to resolve through the one might find freedom from one's depression and or anxiety symptoms as we work in an integrative model.
In addition I am a Registered Yoga Teacher, which adds to my ability to work with individuals in a holistic manner. The modalities I work with are unique to each individual, as I believe that each person holds strengths that need to be unlocked and built upon. In line with my passion for working in a holistic way with individuals, I teach meditation. I completed a year of Nalanda Institute's Certificate in Buddhist Contemplative Psychology with a focus on Compassion. I completed the Interdependence Project's Meditation Teacher Training in 2018 as well as a 9 month Certificate in Mindfulness & Psychotherapy from the Institute for Mindfulness & Psychotherapy (also 2018). This year (2019-2020) I completed training in Devon, UK with the MIndfulness Training Institute to become a Certified Meditation Teacher, under the auspices of Mark Coleman & Martin Aylward.
Rooney is my therapy dog. He assists me with some clients (you will be informed if he will be present and will always have the option not to have him present). While we are working online, please know that he is always present in the background, supporting me to support you! He is a hypoallergenic Aussie-doodle (Australian Shepherd/ Poodle mix). He is a certified therapy dog through Pet Partners and is an AKC K9 Good Citizen. As you can see he is interested in what you have to say! He is a compassionate and empathetic spirit and always tries to make your experience in therapy (which is hard work) a little lighter...
What I offer
I emphasize MINDFULNESS as a core tool that enables the individual to become more connected to themselves in order to access their inner guidance. So much of our struggles with suffering stem from our disconnection with ourselves.
If you practice meditation and or have ever tried to integrate meditation as a tool in your life, I also support individuals to cultivate this powerful yet simple tool. More than just mindfulness, meditation offers a new way of operating in this world, one that I believe provides for openings; openings that allow for more space and freedom, and ease.
Along with mindfulness, I gently guide individuals toward the development of SELF COMPASSION.
I am trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS); https://ifs-institute.com/, a model developed to assist the individual to become more connected with the different parts of themselves. Like mindfulness, IFS is a powerful tool that can increase ease and ultimately allow for more space for living fully in one's life.
I am also trained in Somatic Experiencing (SE); https://traumahealing.org/, a healing modality that focuses on healing through connection to oneself using the wisdom of the body. Both IFS & SE are my primary modes of helping individuals connect inside and bring self compassion to one's vulnerable parts.
Narrative Therapy is one alternative approach to change I use to enable individuals to rewrite their stories, and find their voice that will enable them to move forward towards their healthiest state of being. The narrative approach is powerful in that it targets ones' life challenges by first identifying the stories that are holding one back. Then together we work on changing (rewriting) the story to better serve one's ultimate goal of a full and abundant life.
Overall I tend to integrate many different styles of therapy and choose to listen to the individual (consciously and unconsciously) to determine the approach that might work best. I believe the more tools and therapeutic approaches I am trained in, the stronger my ability to provide whole health and wellness for the individuals I work with.
Mindfulness & Meditation Classes
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)
Mindful Self-Compassion; https://self-compassion.org/the-program/ is an empirically-supported, 8-week, training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.
For more information regarding MSC in general see
Mindfulness (MSC & Introduction to Mindfulness) Class Offerings
I will not be hosting any classes this fall (2020) but will be back with new classes in January 2021.
If interested in staying updated about upcoming offerings, please reach out and I will add you to my list.
KINDNESS in DIFFICULT TIMES; Short Course in Mindful Self-Compassion (Summer 2020)
Kindness in Difficult Times (The Short Course in Mindful Self-Compassion- SC-MSC) is a 6 week class to build resources to be with yourself with kindness and care when you need it most; when life stirs up those familiar feelings of inadequacy and suffering. In this shortened version of the full 8-week class (that has been offered globally since 2010), learn MSC’s key practices while connecting with others during this heightened time of uncertainty.
INTRODUCTION to MINDFULNESS (Spring 2020)
This is a 6 week course which provides a basic overview of Meditation and Mindfulness for beginners as well as those who want a review. It includes support to establish and maintaining an ongoing mindfulness practice; Learn ways to weave mindfulness into daily life; Begin to understand the neuroscience of mindfulness; Work mindfully with difficult emotions and negative thought patterns; Deepen awareness of ones' Inner Critic & gain strategies for working with self-judgment and negativity bias and lastly build ones' capacity for compassion for ourselves and others;
Mindfulness & Meditation Professional Training
In 2016 I studied with the Nalanda Institute's; https://nalandainstitute.org/, Contemplative Psychotherapy Program; integrating Mindfulness & Compassion through a Buddhist lens.
In 2017 I completed the Mindfulness Meditation Training through the Interdependence Project in NYC; https://theidproject.org/.
In 2017 I also completed the Institute for Mindfulness & Psychotherapy's; https://www.mindfulnesstraininginstitute.com/ Certificate program.
In 2018, I completed teacher training for Mindful Self-Compassion; https://centerformsc.org/, through the UCSD Center for Mindfulness.
This year (2019-2020) I completed training in Devon, UK with the https://www.mindfulnesstraininginstitute.com/ to become a Certified Meditation Teacher, under the auspices of Mark Coleman & Martin Aylward.
How I work
I offer Mental Health Counseling with the goal of achieving health for the whole person, which involves an integration of all of the above tools and methodology.
I offer both individual and group counseling. In individual sessions, together we collaborate and work towards goals that you create. I believe the best approach is one where you set the tone. If your goal is relief from mental health symptoms such as depression and or anxiety, we might work in a less structured format. It will always depend on your needs and how you work best.
As stated above, every individual is unique, has unique needs and challenges and I aspire to support you in creating a life of whole health wellness.
In addition to the above individual services, I offer groups (depending on desire and interest) focused on mindfulness and self-compassion, depression, self esteem, relationships, stress reduction and chronic pain.
I also can offer personalized support for one's mindfulness and meditation practice, as well as support in understanding basic Buddhist concepts.
During this time I am working exclusively online via the ZOOM video platform.
I have an office in Brooklyn (Grand Army Plaza).
Please contact me and we can determine what is most convenient and available for both of us.
Please contact me me to discuss fees, as they vary depending on individual, couples, or group treatment.
I offer reduced fees for a select number of patients with financial need.
I currently accept Aetna & CIGNA.
If I dont accept your insurance I can bill as an out-of-network therapist. This means that if you have an out-of-network option, I can submit a superbill to help you receive your out of network benefits and reimbursement as dictated by the plan.
If you choose to use your insurance - and many people do not - please check your coverage carefully. Call your insurance company with the following questions: I am also able and willing to help you navigate the insurance questions as needed.
Payment can be made by Visa, MasterCard, Paypal, Chasepay, HSA/ FSA and Checks/ Cash in case by case scenario.