I work with people with a wide range of mental health issues, including: Depression. Anxiety. Substance Use. Trauma. Loss. Life Transitions. Relationships. Physician/Provider Mental Health.
Approach and Background. My private practice combines psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and mindfulness-based approaches, with an emphasis on learning both coping and communication skills that can be used throughout the lifespan. As a therapist, I see my role as my client's co-creator in their unique process of change and personal growth.
I am the creator of the LiveWell Program - a one-of-a-kind psyschoeducational behavioral health model that has helped thousands of people around the world empower themselves to take control of their own depression treatment and ongoing mental health self-care. Under the mentorship of Dr. Aaron T. Beck (the father of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), I have led and trained others to lead LiveWell support groups for adults, teens, seniors, and physicians living with depression and co-occurring issues of anxiety and substance use. I also piloted and led a LiveWell Therapy Group at the University of Pennsylvania's Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic.
Education. I earned a Masters degree from the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College, where I benefited from the program's trauma-informed curriculum and emphasis on diversity and inclusion. As a graduate student, I completed internships as a therapist at the University of Pennsylvania's Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic and on the dual-diagnosis inpatient unit at Friends Hospital. I also received a Masters degree in critical theory/performance studies from New York University.
I am also trained as a Certified Peer Specialist - which means, put simply, I also share wisdom gained through my own lived experience of depression and recovery. I know what it means to struggle on a day-to-day basis; and I know what it means to come out on the other side. And to thrive.
And more. Find me at Positive Change for Teens & Families, where I practice therapy under direct supervision of the Director, Karyn Feit, LCSW.* Visit me at the LiveWell Foundation, where I currently serve as the Executive Director. Read a mental health-related article by me on the HuffPost. Or check out my original work as a playwright.
* I currently offer private therapy as a post-graduate/under supervision provider.