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No pain is as destructive as the pain one does not face and nosuffering as enduring as the suffering one cannot acknowledgeNathaniel Branden
Woman being Free

About Me | Westfield, NJ

With over twenty five years experience as a therapist, I have worked with a broad spectrum of people, addressing issues related to trauma, depression and anxiety, PTSD, dissociation, low self esteem, addiction, ACOA/codependency and relationship difficulties.

I consider myself to be an emotion-focused, experiential, relational therapist. 


I'm "emotion focused"  because as a therapist I have learned that change, insight, and well being grow out of contact with and acceptance of our inner emotions. These core feelings are "the threads" from which we weave our personal stories and construct our sense of ourselves and others. Deepening our connection to our authentic emotions helps us to more deeply appreciate who we truly are and to act on our own behalf when responding to life's challenges. 

If you grew up in a family where pain, fear, shame and loneliness was the norm, it is likely that as a child you had to protect yourself by burying, distorting or dissociating what is real and true within you. At the time this helped keep you from getting overwhelmed and from responding to mistreatment in ways that might have provoked more. Ironically, such protection actually gives the past more power to shape you. Bringing your awareness to what is true and real inside and developing acceptance towards it will free you of the past's power to negatively influence you.

I work "experientially" because there is a world of difference between "talking" about your feelings and connecting (bodily) with your feelings. I believe that the second route is the most effective and efficient way to foster emotional wellbeing. 
 

I work relationally because recovery is often a difficult process. It is my job to be right there with you, providing support, experienced guidance, care and acceptance as you move through the process of healing. 

Education 

Graduated magna cum laude from Adelphi University in 1993 with a Masters degree in social work.


License & Certifications
Licensed, certified social worker (LCSW) with therapy practices in both  New York (license# 069666-1) and New Jersey (44SC05069400).

I am a certified practitioner of AEDP.

Additional Training
June to November 1993: Participated in a six-month residency program at the Caron Center for Self Development in Wernersville, Pennsylvania. There I facilitated psychodramas with attendees of the program, ran groups and gave lectures on recovery and dysfunctional family systems.  

1995-1998: Trained in psychodrama and sociometry by Bob and Jackie Siroka, Center for Sociometric Studies, New York, NY.

1998-2004: Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

2004-Present : Ongoing training in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic psychotherapy

2009-2010 Trained in Internal Family Systems Therapy

2016: Received basic and intermediate level training in clinical hypnosis (accredited by ASCH)

Professional Activities
Private practice in Manhattan and Westfield, New Jersey

Senior faculty member at the AEDP Institute in New York, NY.

Published several articles in professional, peer-reviewed Journals:
1997 "Building a secure internal attachment: An intra-relational approach to ego strengthening and emotional processing with chronically traumatized clients" published in the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation

2011 “Of the self, by the self and for the self: An Intra-relational perspective on intra-psychic attunement and psychological change”, published in the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration

Also:

2015: "Making good use of suffering: Intra-relational work with pathogenic affects" published in Transformance, the AEDP journal. Vol. 6 

Presenter at International and National Conferences
2004
“Reaching through the Walls”: Fosha’s AEDP as an attachment based model for treating dissociation and complex trauma Annual ISSTD conference, New Orleans, November 

2005
Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy: An integrative approach to clinical responsivity and quantum change in difficult-to-treat cases”, Annual SEPI Conference, Toronto.

“Freeing the selves”, Annual IEDTA Conference, Los Angeles, California

2006
“Attachment Turned Inward”, Annual SEPI conference, Los Angeles, California
"Intra-psychic Attachment: A New Paradigm for Treating the Shattered Self", Annual ISSTD Conference, November, 2006

2007
“Healing the Shattered Self”, National Association of Social workers conference, Atlantic City, NJ, Spring, 2007

2008
“Intra-relational AEDP in the treatment of complex trauma, borderline syndromes and dissociation”, AEDP Seminar series, Adelphi University, New York, NY.

“Of the self, by the self, and for the self: Intra-relational Strategies for healing traumatic ruptures between mind and body”, Annual SEPI Conference, Boston MA.

 

2010 

“Intra-relational AEDP: A parts oriented approach to defense restructuring and self building”, AEDP Seminar Series, New York, NY. 
 

“The Process of Emotional Change: What it looks like and how it works”, Panel Discussion with Diana Fosha, Steven Porges, Eileen Russell, and Danny Yeung. AEDP 2010 Conference, New York, NY.

 

“Intra-relational AEDP: A parts oriented approach to defense restructuring and self building”, Elmhurst Hospital, Queens, NY.

 

2011
"Intra-Relational AEDPFrom pathological dissociation, self-sabotage and secondary gain to self-regulation and self-acceptance", AEDP Seminar series, St. Lukes Roosevelt Hospital, New York, NY.

 

2012

"Attachment Turned Inwards: Intra-relational AEDP and the Development of Emotion Regulation in Trauma, Borderline and Related Disorders", AEDP Seminar Series, St. Lukes Roosevelt Hospital, New York, NY March 9, 2012
 

2013

“Strengthening the Self: Intra-relational AEDP in the Treatment of Complex Trauma, AEDP West Seminar series, San Anselmo, CA. 2013

Lead Trainer for Essential Skills 2 – Intra-relational AEDP – St. Lukes Hospital, New York, N.Y. 2013

“Traumatization to Transformation: AEDP in the Treatment of Complex Trauma, Carolina House Symposium, Raleigh-Durham, NC 2013

2014

“Existing in ones own heart: Intra-relational Affective Change processes in the treatment of Complex Trauma, AEDP New England Seminar, Boston, MA. 

“Making good use of suffering: Intra-relational work with Pathogenic affects”, AEDP NY Seminar series, St. Lukes-Rosevelt Hospital, New York, New York.

2015

“Making good use of suffering: Intra-relational work with Pathogenic affects”, AEDP Southwest seminar series, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

 

Professional memberships

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation

International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association

Society for the Study of Psychotherapy Integration

National Association of Social Workers

Global Association Interpersonal Neurobiology

 

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