I received my B.A. in English from Barnard College in 1981, and received two Masters Degrees, one in social work and one in public health, from Columbia University in 1984. I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers, The National Vulvodynia Association, and The International Society for Women’s Sexual Health. I began a private psychotherapy practice in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, in 1998.
I also work part-time in the practice of Soho Obstetrics and Gynecology counseling women with acute and chronic vulvovaginal, sexual, and pelvic pain. My clinical practice includes clients requiring treatment for depression, anxiety, anger management, chronic illness, chronic pain, special needs issues and grief. I work with individuals, couples, and families. My approach to my clients’ problems is eclectic, combining psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and family life cycle therapy with particular emphasis on the relationship between the individual and herself as a therapist.
I have a child with a severe disability and truly understand the overwhelming challenges families face.
I work in partnership with clients and am warm, approachable and nurturing. I provide a great deal of feedback and am very active in sessions.
A significant portion of my private practice focuses on women dealing with chronic sexual pain. www.healingpainfulsex.com Some of the most common issues my clients confront are navigating relationships while pursuing treatment, understanding that their feelings are normal and “No, you are not going crazy” how to get emotional support from partners, friends, and family, and explaining their medical condition to others. I also help women understand how coping with vulvovaginal pain is different and often more complicated than dealing with other forms of acute and chronic pain. I have successfully helped both women and their partners overcome many of their emotional challenges.