I have been committed to the understanding of human beings since 1974. As a young child I knew that I wanted to be a Social Worker/Psychotherapist and work therapeutically with people. My career started at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Toronto as a Special Needs Co-ordinator. In the six years at that agency, I worked in Special Needs and Camping and had, by the end of my tenure, run the Community and Family Services Departments at both the Downtown Branch and the Valley Branch of the JCC. As I was finalizing my Masters Degree and growing a new family (my son was 8 weeks old when I graduated, my daughter born two years later), I began my career as a Social Worker at Jewish Family and Child Services of Greater Toronto. In my 21 year tenure I worked with Special Needs children, the LGBT Community, I was a generic Social Worker, supervised students, ran groups and finally ended my career as the Manager of the Downtown Branch of the Agency. I have had much experience in dealing with many areas of Social Work and Clinical Practice. My many years in the community, also allow me to have extensive practical knowledge of resources and programs for persons with mental health issues.
I did my undergraduate Specialized Honours Degree in Psychology at York University with my second year at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. I completed my Masters in Clinical Psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago in 1994. I have been in private practice since 1992. I am now in full time private practice as of May 2013.
During my last 21 years, I have had specialized training in the following areas: Trauma Certificate Level 1, Woman Abuse Training, Addictions and Relapse Prevention Training, CBT training, Short Term Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness CBT Training, LGBT and Transgender Training Level 1 and 2, Life Skills Coach Level 1, and ongoing consultation and training from several Psychiatrists in the area of Mental Health Disorders. I am also committed to ongoing training and development in my field by continuously upgrading my skills through attendance at workshops, seminars and conferences.