Education & Experience
I am a Doctor of Psychology and a Licensed Clinical Social worker in both New Jersey and New York. My practice specializes in high-conflict matters including the treatment of high-risk behaviors, psychiatric disorders and high-conflict family problems within and outside of the family and criminal court systems. Having been endorsed by numerous Judges and attorneys throughout Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex Counties to provide court-involved treatment and expert recommendations, I have experience and credibility in this highly specialized area. Reliably, I follow The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) best practice guidelines for those providing treatment for court-involved matters, to ensure application of relevant ethical and professional guidelines, standards and research in handling of all court-involved matters.
I hold my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Capella University, with Distinction; a Master’s in clinical social work from Fordham University, Magna Cume Laude; and a Bachelors in Psychology from Franklin Pierce University, Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Psychology. I completed doctoral clinical training at Girard Medical Center in North Philadelphia, Georgian Court University and a private practice providing forensic evaluation services. Masters clinical training was completed at Jersey Shore University Medical Center.
I have published work on issues related psychiatric emergency and its interface with the law through academic sources such as Springer International Publishing, as well as topics related to divorce mediation through the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators. I have completed post-doctoral advanced training in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) through the Ellis Institute in New York City as well as completed Level 3 training in couples counseling assessment and interventions through the Gottman Institute. My certifications include New Ways for Families Provider for court-involved high-conflict co-parenting, and high-conflict parenting interventions for children who resist contact with a parent through the Overcoming Barriers program via William James College. I am also certified as a New Jersey Divorce Mediator by the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators and have advanced training in Collaborative Divorce. I have also been featured on Channel 9 news and in multiple press outlets for insights into national events, social issues and guidance in dealing with psychological disorders and common relationship problems.
For 13 years prior to opening my practice, I worked full-time in both fields while concurrently pursuing my degrees, licenses and certifications. As a result, my practice bridges the gap between academia and the real world, blending scholarly research with practical application to solve complex problems. To be an effective practitioner, life and real-world experience is equally as important as education. When combined, this produces a strong foundation for professional excellence and increased likelihood of successful outcomes for my clients.
Previous full-time employment includes supervisory positions for Hackensack Meridian Hospital at both Ocean Medical Center and Southern Ocean Medical Center emergency psychiatric screening units; conducting emergency psychiatric evaluations and commitments for all of the affiliated Robert Wood Johnson/Barnabas Health Hospitals located in Ocean County; and conducting intake investigations for the Division of Child Protection and Permanency. Previous part-time and per-diem employment includes academic positions at Rutgers University where I provided continuing education workshops for mental health professionals on the assessment and treatment of suicide and risk, as well as the acting clinical consultant for the Society for the Prevention of Suicide. I also held a position at an Ocean County College as an adjunct professor teaching Introduction to Psychology and Child and Adolescent Development.
Academic Lectures, Training & Consulting
Throughout my career into the year 2020, I have created and provided a total of 48 trainings on the topics of suicide and risk as well as de-escalation strategies at hospitals throughout the Hackensack Meridian and RWJ Barnabas systems; the NJ chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics; local police departments; the Ocean County Police Academy; several acute-care inpatient psychiatric hospitals in NJ and PA; the National Association of Social Workers, Rutgers University; the Monmouth County Bar Association and guidance departments in several Ocean County school districts
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