I was inspired to become a Psychotherapist because I believe in the human potential to thrive against odds through self-awareness and positive thinking. The greatest reward for being in the field of therapy is to watch my clients make life-altering decisions after struggling with inner-conflict, and shifting their patterns of thinking in order to live purposeful lives.
In College, I double majored in Psychology and Jewish Studies while pursuing a minor in Woman Studies. I had the opportunity to visit concentration camps in Poland and interview Holocaust survivors. Through my interviews, I learned about the survivors’ capacity to go on living after facing death and insurmountable hate, which I found to be inspiring and uplifting. The bulk of my studies concentrated on the Holocaust, religion, immigrant experiences and gender issues. My knowledge base – combined with my own diverse upbringing in New York City – lead me to pursue my Masters Degrees at Columbia University, Teachers College, where I majored in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Multicultural Counseling.
Over the last decade, I have counseled hundreds of economically disadvantaged college students to help them build coping skills and tap into their inner strengths to overcome internal and external obstacles. Concurrently, I have maintained a thriving private practice in Manhattan where I see individuals and couples for psychotherapy.
In addition to a robust counseling career, I am an Adjunct Lecturer at The City University of New York, teaching courses in Career and College Readiness, General Psychology, and Developmental Psychology.