I graduated from the NYU School of Social Work in 1992 with a Masters Degree in Social Work. I went on to receive postgraduate training in Psychoanalysis and Comprehensive Psychotherapy from the National Institute for the Psychotherapies and graduated in 1998. I have completed EMDR Levels I and II training with Laurel Parnell and Level II with William Zangwill and have been incorporating EMDR into my psychotherapy practice for nearly ten years. I am currently working toward certification as a certified EMDR therapist from the EMDR International Association.
In addition to training in psychotherapy, I am an Insight Meditation practitioner. I have practiced meditation for over twenty years and have been fortunate to teach this practice to others. I've taught at various centers including the Downtown Meditation Community and New York Insight Meditation Center, where I served on the Teachers Council for many years. I have found that meditation practice is particularly helpful in psychotherapy as it assists people in holding emotions in a more spacious way. My article on the interface of psychotherapy and meditation, "What Meditation Can't Cure," appears in the summer 2017 issue of Buddhadharma Magazine.
I've taught various workshops and courses including Human Behavior to graduate social work students at NYU School of Social Work, Working with Dreams at the Center for Spirituality and Psychotherapy at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, and Transpersonal Psychology: Theory and Practice at the Psychotherapy and Spirituality Institute. I am particularly interested in how psychotherapy can help us to find a deep sense of meaning in our lives.
Outside of my psychotherapy practice, I have recorded three albums of original devotional songs and chants. I love to play the harmonium and sing with others! I have shared this music at such venues as the New York Integral Yoga Institute and the Kripalu Center in Lenox, MA. You can listen to some of my music here.