EDUCATION AT TEACHERS COLLEGE
I got my PhD in Clinical Psychology at Teachers College – Columbia University where the training is based on a psychodynamic approach to therapy.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy comprises many different theories of how the mind works, but they all generally hold that people’s perceptions and behaviors originate from a combination of their temperament and their life experiences; that people often don’t remember the specific experiences that gave rise to their current perceptions and behaviors; and that these perceptions and behaviors may have been helpful and effective at one time and may still be today – but also may not be.
Since graduating from Columbia, I have also learned skills-based treatment, such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy, one of the principal treatment modalities employed at the Center for Intensive Treatment of Personality Disorders at Mount Sinai Hospital West in New York City where I worked for seven years as a Supervising Psychologist.
My work in therapy is also informed by the seminar I took in graduate school on Structural Family Therapy and the learning I continue to do on other treatment modalities, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).