I always look at the complete picture of what contributes to someone’s difficulties, and determine what needs to be done on an individual basis. No two people are the same, and no two people will benefit from the same exact interventions. This goes for therapy, as well as recommendations of an evaluation.
Appreciating people as individuals (and celebrating what makes them unique) contributes to my sensitivity to cultural diversity. I am curious about people’s backgrounds, what makes them who they are, and how they see themselves fitting into society. I enjoy working with bicultural families. I support those who want to fit in with what feels mainstream, but want to value their background with honor and respect. I speak Polish fluently and welcome Polish bilingual work.
Some people ask potential clinicians about their theoretical orientation. I am eclectic in my work – I conceptualize my cases from a psychodynamic perspective, but integrate cognitive-behavioral strategies. This means that I work towards helping you gain a clearer understanding of yourself, and I suggest new strategies to help bring about change.
My personal life experiences as well as professional work contributed to who I am and how I work. I completed my graduate degrees at Pace University, in NYC (MSEd in School Psychology & PsyD in School-Clinical Child Psychology). The program I completed is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). It is one of only about 10 nationwide, recognized by the APA as a professional-scientific doctoral program that focuses on more than one area of practice (school psychology & clinical psychology). As part of my training experiences, I worked in the Valley Stream Schools (in Long Island, NY), Queens Hospital Center – Center for Child Development, and Brooklyn Children’s Center (NYS psychiatric hospital). I was employed by AHRC, the NYC Department of Education, and locally at the Community Child Guidance Clinic (Manchester, CT).