I am a skilled, dedicated and compassionate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist helping adults, teens, couples and families cope and overcome challenging times in their lives.
Women play a myriad of roles in their daily loves, from mother to caregiver to professional to spouse/partner. However, regardless of the role we are assuming at any given moment on any given day/hour, we all try to perform our responsibilities with dedication, devotion and skill. However, just because we all play different roles, doesn't necessarily mean that we have found our calling in life - our purpose - our life's passion.
It took me many years and experiences to reach this time in my life when I was ready and able to focus all of my energies on my true passion, calling and destiny: providing marriage and family therapy services to help others achieve meaningful change, understanding, perspective and coping skills to face challenges facing them.
My Background & Philosophy
Passionate and Experienced Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Who Helps Adults, Teens and Couples Using An Understanding, Sensitive and Non-Judgmental Approach
Allow me to navigate your journey in life so that you can be a better version of yourself.
How I Became The Woman I Am Today:
Most important to me is my role as mother to two beautiful children, a boy and a girl, who are both teenagers. I am also a wife, daughter, sister, friend, and therapist.
I hold two Masters Degrees: one in Marriage and Family Therapy and the other in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. I began my professional career helping others as a teacher in the New York City Public School system, where I taught for about 12 years. When my husband and I chose to relocate to South Florida, I operated and was the full-time Director of a large pre-school in West Palm Beach - where I had the privilege and honor to work with a diverse group of professional educators and children. During this time, I continued my focus on helping mothers, fathers and families with various aspects of raising and educating their children, and dealing with the myriad of life's challenges, such as economics, ethnicity, financial, intimate-partner violence, and other serious difficulties.
After more than 20 years working with children and families, I decided to focus my energy and follow my passion to formally help individuals, couples and families with their relationships and mental health needs and went back to earn my second advanced degree. I have always had my heart set on providing marriage and family therapy services to individuals, families, and couples who are encountering challenges and difficulties along their life's journey. My search for personal fulfillment required me to peel away multiple layers of my personality to expose my core and truly understand who I am as a person, and in what ways I can be of assistance to others. As part of my introspection, I thought about my life, my experiences, and how I viewed the world. My most enlightening reflection and understanding came when I honestly thought about the hand I have been dealt from a new and reframed perspective; a perspective that is admittedly difficult to achieve and embrace.
My Philosophy On The Practice Of Therapy:
I focus on supporting self-efficacy in my clients, and I want to share my expertise and knowledge that has helped carry me through those dark times that often aren’t spoken about or brushed aside. The very essence of exposing those feelings is what I engage clients to do. Being able to uncover the fluid social constructs or stories that are subject to re-vision; being able to have the ability to re-author one’s story to serve them suitably can itself create greater purpose and meaning. I want everyone to realize their potential and see the good, bad, and everything in-between. Together, we can collaborate to understand and respect your reality and story, as I believe the client is the real expert in their own life.
My approach utilizes a systemic viewpoint which analyzes how an individual's behavior makes sense in context to their reality, and how it's impacted by relationships - which can be an impediment to change. I also adhere to attachment-based theory - which focuses on how an individual formed early attachment with their caregivers and how that plays-out in future relationships. I appreciate the importance of a strong alliance between myself and my client. I pledge to bring empathy, warmth, and respect to our relationship. Each of us has a story to tell - based upon the life we have led and the experiences we have encountered. How we interpret these stories impacts our behaviors and views of the world and others. I will be honored if you allow me to work with you in uncovering your life's stories and helping you to understand and interpret them in new, exciting and freeing ways.
I firmly believe that safety, security and trust is essential to an effective clinician-client relationship. My approach is a combination of reflective listening with purposeful action. If you are having difficulty or are experiencing challenges in your individual life or interpersonal relationships, I will work with you towards a goal of redefining and relabeling symptoms that are functioning like weights around your ankles holding you back from discovering your true destiny. I have experienced similar struggles along my self-discovery journey, and understand that exploring these issues is necessary to start the healing process. Give yourself permission to live free of limitations.
Questions I Investigate With My Clients:
Are we on the same page regarding the goals of therapy services?
Have I engaged and motivated you in your therapy journey?
Are you committed to doing therapeutic work outside of the therapy session?
Have I been able to instill hope?
How do you feel about the process of therapy coming full circle from start to finish?
Have we established rapport to allow fluidity in change?
I am a skilled, dedicated and compassionate Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who focuses and specializes in working with couples, men and professionals, including attorneys.
I am also a licensed attorney in the States of Florida and New York, as well as a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator.
My Background & Philosophy
I promise not to judge you nor challenge your right to feel whatever you feel. Your reality is your reality. My job and role is to help navigate your particular and unique challenges in a sensitive, and compassionate manner.
How I Became The Man I Am Today:
I am the proud father of two teenage children (a boy and a girl). Through the process of raising and caring for my daughter - who has 'special-needs' - and dealing with typical parenting challenges and many extraordinary experiences, I came to realize that families and parents all have unique challenges and emotionally-trying times in their lives - often without compassionate and sensitive professionals to lend assistance when needed. As a result, I decided to rededicate myself and my professional career to help people, couples and families deal with and overcome the many difficult, stressful and emotional challenges in their lives.
I firmly believe that continuing to learn and grow is very important to my professional development and my growth as a person. I've earned multiple degrees from various institutions. In 1991, I graduated from the New York University's Stern school of Business with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance. I then attended the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City, and graduated in 1994 with a Juris Doctor Degree. In 2018, I earned a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University.
I've been a practicing attorney for 25+ years. In my role as a divorce mediator, I am dedicated to solely helping couples resolve divorce issues in a peaceful manner via my PeacefulSplit® Divorce Mediation service.
I've had extensive experience working with men and women who are struggling to overcome use and abuse of external simuli.
My unique background of having helped clients for over 25 years navigate some of the most challenging times in their lives has provided me with a deep insight into the various challenges that people and families go through in life and the need for experienced, effective and sensitive professional help.
By combining my formal education with my years of professional experience as an therapist, attorney and mediator, I effectively help my clients navigate life's issues and problems in a manner that always respects their reality and honors their perspectives and views in life.
My Philosophy On The Practice Of Therapy:
There are many therapists out there who see therapy strictly as a business. Their first goal is to obtain clients (whom they often refer to as patients). Next, they focus on keeping that patient as a client for as long as possible.
I don't believe that therapy is a life-long process that requires years and years of ongoing weekly sessions. Rather, I am dedicated to helping clients analyze their presenting problems or concerns, create "SMART" goals ('specific,' 'measurable,' 'achievable,' 'relevant,' and 'time-based'), and then together with my client, co-create a practical road-map to achieve their goals.
In sessions, I don't adhere to the traditional pattern of delving into the minutiae of childhood and every prior relationship. Rather, I focus on analyzing past and current patterns of behavior in your various relationships to recognize which patterns are working and which are not. Once we determine what negative patterns exist, why they exist, what purpose they serve, etc., we work together to break those patterns to create new and more effective and satisfying patterns of behaviors for you.
I also work with clients from a narrative-based theoretical model - which focuses on the dominant stories we have told ourselves or which have been told about us that have created or maintained our view of self and the masks we often wear in life and in different relationships.
Some therapists have a model or philosophy that they strictly adhere to. When they work with a client, it becomes necessary to mold that therapeutic model to the client's needs. I believe in the opposite. When providing therapy to clients, I figure out the client's needs and then apply a therapeutic model or philosophy that best serves the client's unique needs. Let me put it another way. If you went to a restaurant for dinner and told the waitress that you were allergic to dairy, would you want the chef to just remove dairy from his recipe and serve you the dish - regardless of how it would taste? Or would you prefer that the chef modify the recipe to meet your unique needs and then serve you a delicious dish without dairy?
My most fundamental therapy philosophy is that the "problem" is not the "person." Rather, I view my clients as being in a relationship with their issue or problem - and we work together to understand that relationship and to create interventions to make that relationship healthier and productive in your life.
Questions I Investigate With My Clients:
How does your action make sense in context?
What purpose does that pattern serve in your life?
If you were to change 'x' behavior, what impact would that have on someone else?
How would another person explain your reaction or behavior?
Who are you when not associated with the 'problem'?
How will you know when the 'problem' is gone?
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