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About Me

I am a psychologist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and maintain a private practice focused on the treatment of children/adolescents and their families.  My interest in children and families started in Graduate School at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and continued to grow during my pre-doctoral internship at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. I worked for a number of years as a child therapist in community mental health settings, and, before opening my own private practice in 1989, was involved in building up a preschool specialty clinic at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.  Today I am one of the few psychologists in Pittsburgh with a specialty practice limited to children, parents, and families. 


In addition, I have published both as an author and co-author in the areas of child development and  parenting: Young Children's Dyadic Pretend Play  (John Benjamins Publishing Company, Philadelphia) in 1990, and with Dr. Abraham Twerski Positive Parenting  (Mesorah Publications) in 1996.  Over the years I have given numerous workshops to parents and teachers.  In 2003 I presented my views on psychotherapy to mental health professionals at the International Nefesh Conference in Jerusalem, Israel.


I am a practical, interactive, solution-focused psychologist and combine primarily cognitive and family based treatment approaches in my work.  My goal is to provide support and practical feedback to parents and children based on detailed analysis of social interactive patterns between parent and child in order to resolve current problems and long-standing maladaptive patterns.  I see the parent as a partner in treatment and involved in the change process.


Education

Ph. D.   Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana  1986

License
Psychologist License in Pennsylvania  1987

Professional Activities and Memberships
Member, American Psychological Association

Some other stuff about me ....
-- I am the mother of four boys.  Considering that I grew up in a family of four girls, it has been quite  a trip with four guys.
-- My youngest son is now almost 22 and is developmentally disabled.  He lives with me, which means that my active parenting experience continues and that I continue to be a hands-on mom. 
-- I am very fortunate since two lovely daughters-in-law have been added to my family in the past few years.  
-- I just recently became the grandmother of a baby boy.  I am ready for the grandma experience!
-- I like to create tapestries using multimedia techniques (fabric, painting, embroidery, drawing).  It is so different from everything else that I do that is is relaxing.
-- I have been asked about my parenting.  Well, here is is: There have been many good  moments, some not so great moments on my part, but overall I did and continue to do the best that I can.  I respect parents and the job of parenting, and I will work with you in a supportive and non-judgmental fashion.  Believe me, I have been there or somewhere nearby!