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I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Registered Play Therapist (RPT-S). I have advanced clinical training in child psychoanalytic psychotherapy (HFI) and substance abuse (LCADC). I work exclusively with children age 3 through adolescence. I have a private practice in Englewood, NJ where I utilize a fully equipped therapeutic playroom. I rely on play therapy and other expressive techniques to understand a child’s experience. Through observation, I am able to identify patterns and themes that emerge from the play. My interactions are tailored to his or her specific interests and preferences. I primarily use a non-directive approach, especially in the beginning stages of forming a therapeutic relationship. However, I also employ more prescriptive interventions when it makes sense. I am always mindful of my therapeutic relationship with the child and respect their confidentiality. I balance the child’s need for privacy with the understanding that parents also need to know what is happening in treatment. Thus, parents are actively involved in the therapy process and are informed of the overall themes of play that emerge. Most parents that I work with are eager to learn new ways to approach problems. By the time they reach me, they’ve exhausted their own ideas and welcome any advice to make things better for their child. I offer help when I can, or at the very least point them in the right direction.
Typical issues that I work with include:
Anger and aggression
Withdrawn, clingy, or overly compliant
Developmental and autism disabilities
Grief and loss
Adjustments to family changes
Disruptive, defiant or oppositional
Making friends and getting along
Strangely enough, I also enjoy working with teens ;). Parents need to understand and be comfortable with my general clinical stance. Firstly, I only see teenagers who agree to “be seen”. And secondly, I emphasize confidentiality as a critical component to the healing process.
My services include:
Parents In Transition Monthly Discussion Group
Individual / Sibling Sessions
Therapeutic Play Dates (2 children)
Autism Screening, Treatment, and Referral