something about me

I am a licensed/certified clinical social worker in New York State, and also a psychoanalyst, having completed a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University as well as four years of advanced postgraduate psychoanalytic training from the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy in New York City. (Less relevantly, but of possible anecdotal interest, I also have a Master’s Degree in Cultural Studies from The New School for Social Research, and I did my undergraduate degree—English Lit major, film concentration—at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Yes, I always wanted to work with people, but it wasn't a straight shot; I did a stint at MTV, bartended while wearing overwrought hats, and briefly had myself convinced that I wanted to be either a film critic or a professor of popular culture. Yes, there really is such a thing).

As you may have gathered by now, I have a strong interest in the psycho-spiritual side of things. As a result I often pursue ancillary training in healing modalities and bodywork; some of my recent coursework has been in advanced reiki, Hakomi, yoga nidra, Theta Healing, mindfulness meditation and shamanism. I recently completed an intensive training in transformational breathwork. (Yes, skeptics and woo-woo-phobes, I do realize that some of these disciplines are pretty esoteric—not for everyone—and if you aren't interested in hearing about them I won't force them on you. Rest assured, I don't think anyone who knows me would describe me as remotely New Age-y, though I am partial to experiencing things I don't fully understand). My work is also informed by my longtime experience—and sporadically intensive practice—of meditation & yoga, my own history on the receiving end of mind/bodywork, and my personal experience of being on this planet.