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My Qualifications

I am newly licensed as an LCSW in Oregon.  I have been licensed in Social Work in New York since 1976, and for independent clinical practice (LCSW) since 1981. I hold Clinical Diplomate status with the National Association of Social Workers and with the American Board of Examiners in Social Work.

In my first eight years of practice I was enrolled in weekly clinical training seminars and private as well as agency supervision. Since then I have taken at least 20 hours of continuing education per year, including courses in psychoanalytic theory and practice, ego and self psychologies, brief treatment approaches including solution-oriented treatment, couple counseling and family therapy, crisis intervention, child and adolescent therapy and parent guidance, hypnosis, EMDR, AMST, DNMS, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. (These last 4 are described elsewhere on this site.) I have completed the Dissociative Disorders Psychotherapy Training Program of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.

I have never been sanctioned or been involved in any malpractice claim.

Past Practice Experience
  • 1 year as an inpatient therapist in a state psychiatric hospital in Brooklyn, NY 
  • 1 year as clinical supervisor and treatment team leader in that setting
  • 7 years at a private non-profit New York City agency in Gramercy Park, working with high school, college and graduate students. 
  • 1 year affiliated with an analytic training institute clinic in Greenwich Village, working mostly with grad students and young adults beginning professional and arts careers.
  • Private practice for 7 years in Greenwich Village, NYC.
  • 4 years in general mental health clinic practice in rural Pennsylvania working with individuals and families having a wide range of problems and life circumstances.
  • 3 years with a private non-profit mental health agency in Cortland, NY, also with a client population having varied needs and situations.
  • 3 years as a managed-care clinician and diagnostic assessment specialist.
  • 3 years providing supervision and clinical training for licensed psychotherapists in mental health clinics run by Philadelphia Catholic Social Services.
  • 2 years providing clinical supervision for 14 licensed psychotherapists in a large private managed care practice in Philadelphia.
  • Private practice in Ithaca since 2002.