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About Me


Background

In the past, I worked in New York City hospitals doing education and research in oncology and cardiac surgery settings, and am the former Director of Integrative Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. I am also certified in clinical hypnosis, have a health psychology private practice, and developed a course on Integrated Healthcare at Columbia University's Teachers College. In addition, I'm a visiting scholar at the Spirituality and Mind-Body Institute at Teachers College, Columbia. Part of my work includes teaching and supervising psychology doctoral and masters students about how to work with both the medically ill and physically well using an integrative, whole-person approach.

In addition to the above, I produce wellness-oriented hypnotic imagery audio programs for HealthJourneys.com, am the
Complementary and Alternative Medicine Topic Expert at GoodTherapy.org, a PsychologyToday.com expert on Integrative Medicine, and have served as an ad hoc reviewer for the International Journal of Mental Health and the European Journal of Pain.

 

Philosophy

The therapeutic stance I take is "integrative" - it is broadly strength-based, collaborative, and tailored to the needs and presenting issues of each person. Working in this way can help with more immediate goals, such as symptom management, as well as address longstanding concerns.

I have been trained and am comfortable drawing from the strengths of a number of different psychotherapy models. My work is largely influenced by
 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, although I incorporate elements of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), and Transpersonal Psychotherapy as indicated in a way that is very natural, seamless, and intuitive.

Additionally, I may incorporate one or more of the following into the treatment if this seems appropriate:

Mindfulness training
Clinical Hypnosis
Guided Imagery
Biofeedback


Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)

As over one-third of adults report using CAM therapies, I am open to discussing their potential relevance (both pros and cons) as part of patients' personal health care regimens. 
 

Collaboration with Other Health Professionals

As good clinical care is often collaborative in nature, I am happy to liaise with other members of patients' treatment teams or facilitate referrals to medical, nutritional, or other mental health providers, and/or complementary medicine practitioners as appropriate.

Professional  Memberships

Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine

American Pain Society
American Psychological Association - Health Psychology Division
International Association for the Study of Pain
New York State Psychological Association
American Society of Clinical Hypnosis

 


Areas of Specialization

Pain Management Psychotherapy (Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pain Psychology, Department of Anesthesiology, Columbia University)
Clinical Hypnosis (Certified by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis)
Biofeedback
Mindfulness 

Blogs

View my posts in "The Integrationist" on PsychologyToday.com or click below to read my Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) posts on GoodTherapy.org.