It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.

-Antoine de Saint Exupery

I am a licensed clinical social worker in both New York and California. I  recently relocated my practice from Manhattan to Berkeley, California in the East Bay area. I also continue to maintain an online practice with my Manhattan clients and with people around the world.

I provide psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults and couples and supervise psychotherapists. I also work a great deal with healers, body workers and people on a spiritual path. My approach is highly integrative and holistic  synthesizing mind- body (somatic experiencing, gestalt, mindfulness), psychodynamic, relational, jungian and transpersonal (eastern and western esoteric) approaches.

My clients tend to experience me as down to earth, warm and easy to relate to. In addition to extensive traditional and holistic training,  I use my intuition to guide us and view our connection as something very sacred. When we work together, I tune into the higher wisdoms and energies that can assist us and accelerate your healing process. My loyalty is to you and what emerges in the unique relationship we form together and not about fitting you into any kind of system or model.

I received my Masters in Social Work in 1995 from Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work and worked for numerous mental health, trauma, child/family and addiction clinics throughout New York City including Mount Sinai Medical Center for 11 years in the departments of child and adult psychiatry, trauma and OCD.

My training includes over 20 years of study in Gestalt therapy (including Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy- a body focused gestalt approach) as well as studies in psychodynamic and modern psychoanalytic approaches.  I am also trained by  leading experts in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which includes training by The Behavior Therapy Training Institute (BTTI) in OCD. Currently, I’m completing training in Somatic Experiencing which is a very powerful approach to healing trauma and learning how to regulate your  nervous system i.e. your emotional life.

I’ve worked with children, adolescents and families for over 20 years in school based programs, outpatient clinics and private practice. My approach to child therapy is unique and always centered around the child’s personality and gifts. I combine mind- body tools (ranging from meditation, grounding practices, dance), art therapy, mindfulness and a specialty in understanding highly sensitive children and adults who have been misunderstood and misdiagnosed by more traditional approaches.

I’ve also had an intensive meditation and spiritual practice for many years and incorporate Eastern and Western spiritual approaches that complement psychological development including Buddhist Psychology, Kabbalah, Reiki and Astrology. In addition, I studied with and am certified by transpersonal psychotherapist and Kundalini expert Bonnie Greenwell, to support people through Kundalini, spiritual and energetic awakenings.

Most importantly, as a fellow human, I understand the complexities and subtleties of being a person in this complicated world we live in and can relate to personal struggle in very deep ways from my own continuous and enormous psychological work and spiritual growth.

I believe we have the power to transcend our most painful traumas and this is because of our spirits’ innate longing to attain a sense of wholeness. I  can help you strengthen and articulate a clearer psychological  sense of “self” by helping you begin to heal your early societal and family conditioning. This work helps you create more space to embody more of your true nature which includes your intuition and inner wisdom.

I also lecture, write and lead workshops, groups and trainings for clinicians, yoga practitioners, private and public schools and the general public on embodied living, coping with anxiety, mindfulness practices and the integration of psychology and spirituality. Places I have taught include: Barnard College, The NY Institute For Gestalt Therapy,  Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy, The Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy, The JCC of Manhattan, The Psychotherapy and Spirituality Institute, La Palestra Center for Preventative Medicine and the Chapin School for Girls in Manhattan.

Recently, I had two publications on the subject of trauma, neurodiversity and obsessive compulsive disorder. The first was an article in The British Gestalt Journal https://secureservercdn.net/198.71.233.106/1bm.64f.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/07_Klein-1.pdf  which proposes a new way of working with and conceptualizing obsessive compulsive process as a response to trauma. In September 2019, I authored a chapter in the newly published book “Obsessive Compulsive Experiences: A Gestalt Perspective” which focuses on Obsessive compulsive processes,  neurodiversity and the role temperament plays in making highly sensitive children and adults more susceptible to traumatic experience. I emphasize the critical need for the mental health community and parents to acknowledge neurodiversity and the overlooked population of highly sensitive children and adults.

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