My Background and Experience
I started my professional career as a Speech and Language Therapist (BS and MA from Northwestern University). I moved to California and started teaching in a self -contained special education classroom of children with Learning Disabilities. After 5 years of teaching I returned to graduate school to become a Marriage and Family Therapist. After receiving my license, I worked in an Employee Assistance program serving the early Silicon Valley gaming programmers. Subsequently, I opened my private practice specializing in individual and family therapy with children and teens. In addition, I taught college level courses focusing on the needs of families and individuals with developmental and neurological challenges.
In 2000, I developed and implemented a social skills program to help children and teens learn strategies to make and keep friends more successfully. FriendSmarts has been written about in the San Francisco Chronicle and in Time Magazine. In May 2013, my work with children who bully, and their victims, was highlighted in the Palo Alto Weekly (online edition).
In June 2012, I moved to NYC and I am continuing my work with individuals, couples and families. If you are looking for an experienced, dedicated and caring therapist who can help you connect to your inner strength and abilities, I would be happy to meet with you and help you take your Steps to Resilience.
- MA, Marriage and Family Therapy from Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, Ca
- M.A. Speech and Language Pathology, from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill
Teaching and Workshops
Teaching 1997 to present day
Courses for the University of California, Santa Cruz
- “The effects of learning disabilities on social and emotional development”.
- “Communicating with parents”: A class for teachers and educational therapists focusing on communicating more effectively with parents.
- “The Effects of ADHD on Social Competence” at the Manhattan JCC, February 2014
- “What makes social skills so difficult and how you can help your child”: A presentation for CHADD, NYC, December 2013.
- “Social skills group treatment”: A presentation for the staff of the Children with Special Needs Project at the Ackerman Institute, September 2013
- “Parenting the Special Needs Child”.
- The Metro Chapter of NYAMFT presentation to therapists, mediators, and educators: “Therapy with Special Needs Families”.
- “Helping your Child Make and Keep Friends”.
- “Social skills for Employment Success” for students utilizing Career Center at Iona College, September 2016.
I am available to speak on these topics, and similar issues, for your organization. Simply contact me for more information.
Writings/ Media Pieces
- Promoting resilience in families with special needs.
- Facilitating social skills in children, teens and young adults with ADD, LD, Aspergers and Autism.
- Transition services.
- Consultation with professionals.
Consultation for Professionals
What I can offer you…
I have over 25 years experience working with families whose children struggle with ADD, Autism and Asperger’s, NVLD, Tourette’s, Learning Disabilities, cognitive challenges, and other neurological and developmental challenges.
The Way I Work in Consultation
I believe a consultation is best provided in a collaborative manner. My goal is to help you figure out what is getting in the way of your best practices, and support the changes you need to make to achieve your goals with the client(s).
Options For Consultation
I’m available for consultation for both individuals and organizations working with this population wanting more training/ supervision for staff.
$150/ session for Individual Consultation (sliding scale for students available)
$225/ session for Group Supervision (members can split the cost)
I am a member of the following organizations:
AAMFT (American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy)
CAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy)