I graduated from New York University with a B.A. in the humanities and an award for Outstanding Scholarship. After 12 years working in the corporate and non-profit worlds, I began graduate study at the Smith College School for Social Work—the oldest social work program in the country, known for its rigorous training of psychodynamically-oriented therapists. I received my MSW in Clinical Social Work at Smith, with a focus on the treatment of serious mental illness and child therapy, two branches of the field that helped me to understand the biological, developmental and unconscious aspects of psychoemotional problems.
I have stayed up to date with the changes in the field of mental health through ongoing continuing education, much of it at the Washington School of Psychiatry (WSP), where I have completed advanced programs in group psychotherapy and Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). I have continued my training and supervision in ISTDP with leaders in that community, including Patricia Coughlin, PhD; Jon Frederickson, MSW; and Josette ten-Have de Labije, PhD.
My work in ISTDP has included teaching in the WSP ISTDP program for five years, and guest teaching in other programs at the School, at the George Washington University and other professional organizations in the DC area and abroad. I am certified as an ISTDP trainer by the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association. I am also certified in the treatment of trauma by the EMDR International Association and the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute.
My professional presence and skills are enhanced by my study and practice of meditation and study of spiritual paths of compassion.