With over 20 years of training and practice in the field of Clinical Psychology, my extensive mental health experience serves as the foundation for all of my work. Throughout my clinical career I have worked with people of diverse backgrounds to help them safely explore their internal experience, gain insight and awareness, and develop the skills and courage to make the changes they desire in their lives. My clinical work has always been informed by my complimentary interest in Mindfulness and Meditation and the ways in which ancient teachings offer another way of understanding ourselves and our experience, reducing suffering and finding joy.
The benefit I have experienced in my own life through Mindfulness and Compassion Practices led me to pursue training as a meditation teacher and to create a separate space to bring these practices to a wider audience. I ultimately co-founded Qwell, a meditation and wellness studio in Montclair; the first of its kind in New Jersey. I continue to study with my own teachers in the Buddhist tradition in order to further my understanding of how these teachings can help us cope with the challenges of modern life and help us reach our fullest human potential.
I earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University and completed my clinical internship and fellowship at Bellevue Hospital. After being on staff at Bellevue for several more years, I relocated and entered private practice in New Jersey in 2007. In addition to postdoctoral training through the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, I received certifications in teaching Mindfulness, Lovingkindness and Compassion Practices through the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science in New York City. I have also studied the integration of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy with Dr. Ronald Siegel and the teaching of Mindfulness to children and adolescents with Mindful Schools. I am currently in training with the Center for Mindful Self Compassion to teach the 8-Week Mindful Self-Compassion Course developed by renowned psychologists Dr. Chris Germer and Dr. Kristin Neff.