Individual, Couple and Family Therapy
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, (LCSW-R) with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University, I have been providing counseling for over 20 years, helping people with everything from anxiety, mild depression, stress management, grief and loss, parenting, caregiving for elderly relatives, work stress, relationship issues, marital problems, trauma, incest, divorce, and retirement to name a few. My counseling sessions last from 50 minutes to one hour. Counseling sessions are offered at my New York City or Brooklyn Heights office, at a time that is convenient for you. The first time you meet with me I will get an overall picture of how you are doing and go over my confidentiality policy with you. I adhere to the social work code of ethics on privacy and confidentiality.
For Individual therapy I use AEDP, Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy developed by Diana Fosha, Ph.D. This approach is very compatible with Emotionally Focused Therapy because it is also based on attachment theory. The emphasis is on adaptive actions and underlying emotions and needs. Unlike other types of therapy, AEDP starts with the view that people are resilient and have an innate desire to grow. Rather than viewing the person as sick or pathological, the AEDP perspective sees people as having a core self that has gotten us through all hard times and we develop adaptive ways to cope with difficult challenges that may not work for us later on in life. I also love AEDP because it values deepening positive emotions such as joy, excitement, pride, and inner peace as much as the need to deal with fear, anger, sadness, shame and other emotional states.
In addition to individual counseling, I offer couple counseling and family therapy. I have completed all trainings in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, EFT, with Dr. Susan Johnson and am now a Certified Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist. I have found Emotionally Focused Therapy to be the most effective approach with the best success rates as measured by objective studies. Studies can be found on the nationwide website www.iceeft.com. I highly recommend all couples, parents, and anyone wanting close relationships to read Dr. Susan Johnson’s book, Hold Me Tight, Seven Conversations For a Lifetime of Love.