Recognizing that you need help is a courageous first step toward healing. Life is filled with twists and turns. Sometimes we find that a turn is too sharp, and we hit a wall. Although we cannot avoid adversity, we can learn and grow from it, even as we experience feelings of insurmountable distress. We all possess the innate strength to heal ourselves, but healing is often hindered by life's challenges. Together we will work toward uncovering your strength and empowering you to lead an authentic life filled with self-compassion and enhanced by healthy coping skills and improved relationships. Suffering may be a universal human condition, but it does not have to be everlasting.
After experiencing a threatened miscarriage, severe postpartum anxiety, and intrusive thoughts I became intent on guiding mothers and couples through the initial shock of parenthood and beyond. The journey to and through parenthood is often fraught with mixed emotions as many have an idealized image of motherhood that can be shattered with the facts of reality, such as miscarriages, difficulty with conceiving, self-doubt, isolation, lack of sleep, and strain on a marriage. In my office you will find a supportive, nonjudgmental environment in which to process the difficult feelings that accompany perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, as well as maternal loss, including infertility and miscarriages.
I began my career at Yeshiva University, where I earned her B.A. in biology. As an undergraduate, I trained at the Marine Biological Laboratories in Woods Hole, MA and NYU Medical Center studying the retina and oculomotor system respectively. Upon graduation, I worked in a Laboratory at Rockefeller University, and thereafter earned my M.S. from University of Miami, with a specialization in Neuroscience. Utilizing my scientific knowledge, I taught high school science at Gulliver Preparatory-Miller Campus, focusing on students who require more individualized attention and alternative teaching strategies. After realizing that the largest impact that I made was not in the presentation of science material, rather offering support empathy and understanding, I went on to follow my passion, providing therapy to families who are struggling. To that mean, I earned my M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from University of Miami, where I graduated with honors. I have completed Postpartum Support International training on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and other trainings on infertility, perinatal and infant loss, and the coursework for Infant Mental Health certification. In addition, I am a certified Gottman Bringing the Baby Home Educator and Gottman Seven Principles Leader, and completed Level 1 & 2 Gottman couples counseling. I worked at the Institute for Individual and Family Counseling (IIFC), providing counseling services to individuals, children, adolescents, couples, and families from multicultural backgrounds. I also worked at the Mailman Center for Child development providing therapy to children with behavioral, developmental, and emotional difficulties. In addition to being an associate at at SoMi Psychology, I am a facilitator at the Children's Bereavement Center and am group leader and state coordinator for Postpartum Support International.
In addition to maternal mental health, I work with children, adolescents and adults who are undergoing life transitions, and experiencing anxiety, depression, and grief. I love my job and am humbled by the vast potential and hope that every client brings into the therapy room, even in their most dire times.