Specializing in Child Custody/Therapeutic Visitation/Family & Supreme Court Matters
I obtained my PhD in Clinical Psychology from New York University in 1999 and my New York State License in Psychology in 2000. I obtained a B.A. in Music at Williams College followed by Post-Baccalaureate work in Psychology at Yale University. I speak Spanish, having rediscovered the language in graduate school after studying it in high school.
I have been a member of the Supreme Court Appellate Division Mental Health Professional expert panel since 2004 and specialize in child custody evaluations and parent-child therapeutic visitation. I am regularly appointed to custody matters in all 5 boroughs of New York City, as well as Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
I have also been employed off and on for many years at St. Dominic's Family Services in the Bronx, where I work with children placed in foster care. Currently, I provide mental health evaluations for these children on a part-time basis. I have also provided treatment and evaluations for residents of nursing/rehab facilities at The Supportive Care.
My areas of specialization include forensic (custody/visitation) evaluations, diagnostic/mental health assessment, parental alienation, and understanding the impact of interparental conflict upon children's emotional functioning.
I love my work, high-conflict as it can be.
Separation and divorce are extremely traumatic for families, and a forensic evaluation can add to that trauma. I try to bring empathy to my work, understanding that it is enormously stressful to be dealing with a custody case, and also to be asked questions about highly personal matters.
In addition to my training, I also bring my real-life experiences of being a parent, and simply a human being, to my work.
My perspective is that in most cases, children's emotional health will be best protected if they are allowed to love and have a relationship with both of their parents. That being said, there are also some circumstances in which issues of mental health, substance abuse, or the like, may not allow a child to have a healthy relationship with a parent, at least in the short-term, and sometimes in the long-term.
"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." Frederick Douglass
71-58 Austin Street, Suite 208
Forest Hills, NYPhone: 917-554-7295
Review posted on CareDash by client on October 5, 2020