From 1992-97, I provided outpatient counseling services to children and families at Baker Victory Outpatient services. In 1997, I became a Director of the Restorative Justice programs at Child & Family Services, a position I held for over 10 years. I managed 10 programs that provided counseling services to adolescents and adults who committed crimes. In 2007, I moved to Japan for 2 years and provided counseling to Americans living in Japan. I returned home and began private practice and provided trauma trainings around the world.
In 1998, my clinical focus changed when I was trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). I finally found an approach and technique that changed the lives of my clients. I pursued EMDR certification, Consultant status and eventually became an EMDR trainer. I am passionate about EMDR and I train other therapists all over the country. EMDR changes people’s lives and I can say that I heal people and help them find their healthy core self.
In New York State, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) is a person who has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited university and has passed the state’s licensure exam. The “R” designation is only awarded after a licensed Clinical Social Worker has had a minimum of 6 years of postgraduate professional supervision, and has met strict credentialing guidelines. The “R” designation allows for third party insurance reimbursement. Prior to September 1, 2004, the license “Certified Social Worker” (CSW) was issued by New York State; the Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) license replaces it. For more information on license requirements, please go to the New York State Education Department Office of the Professions page on Social Work.