After completing my bachelor’s degree in psychology and education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, I earned a master’s degree in clinical social work with a focus on family centered practice at The University of Iowa. In addition, I completed advanced training in Gestalt therapy at Tel Aviv University, studied family therapy at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City for two years, and participated in psychodrama training at the Psychodrama & Creative Arts Therapy Institute, also in New York City. In addition I completed a three year psychodynamic psychotherapy program in the Magid institute in Tel Aviv.
I am trained in EMDR therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing); an approach that was developed for working with trauma but can be very effective for a wide variety of issues including, but not limited to depression, anxiety, low self esteem, preparing for important events.
I worked for a number of years at a community-based outpatient mental health clinic in Brooklyn, New York, providing therapy to children, adults and families struggling with concerns ranging from acute mental health needs to problems in relationships, difficulty achieving goals, etc. Working in a community based organization I learnt of the importance of collaboration and having a holistic approach to treatment, in order to capture and support change in various areas of a client’s life, especially when working with children. Hence, in my work I actively collaborated with school counselors, teachers and other professionals to provide in-depth, holistic services to my clients. I am comfortable working with complex family situations requiring coordination among different agencies and services.