Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, I learned the value of hard work and education from my parents. My father emigrated from Italy in the 1950's. With a third grade education, he built a successful business and raised four children with my mother by his side. That business put me through undergrad at New York University and graduate school at the University of Hartford.
In the course of my life, I have also had the privilege of collaborating with, and being mentored by, brilliant professionals at institutions such as Yale University School of Medicine, Columbia University, and UCLA.
Following my formal education I had the profound experience of treating veterans at a small VA hospital in Bedford, MA. The sacrifices of these brave men and women sometimes resulted in long-term physical and emotional injury. After my year-long internship at the VA hospital, I had the pleasure of returning to Yale University, where I honed my understanding of the interactions between neurological disease, health, life stress, and emotional difficulties.
I moved to Florida in 2006, drawn by the nice weather and an opportunity to work in a large private practice that specializes in meeting the mental health needs of medically ill individuals. Since being in Florida, I have worked with an incredible group of professionals and have developed a secondary expertise in issues predominantly affecting the elderly.
One reason I am sharing my story with you is to prove a point. No one succeeds in life without help from others. Humans are social beings who are interdependent on one another. If it wasn't for an immigrant from Italy with a third grade education, I wouldn't be where I am today. There is no shame in asking for help.
A Step in the Right Direction
The fact that you are here means you may be ready to empower yourself by asking for help. Depression and anxiety can make it feel like storm clouds are always on the horizon and that there is no way out of your problems. Psychotherapy from a competent and caring professional can empower you to change your outlook and your life.
If you are suffering from depression and are having thoughts of harming yourself, please make use of the following 24-hour resources or call 911.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
National Hopeline Network:
New to Psychotherapy?
The idea of undergoing psychotherapy can be intimidating to some people. You might feel uncomfortable revealing intimate details about yourself to a stranger; or you might be afraid of being judged harshly if you divulge long held secrets or insecurities.
In it's truest form, psychotherapy is a partnership between you and your therapist based on trust and understanding. This partnership may help reveal the keys to your happiness and satisfaction with life. By learning about you and your struggles, it is my hope that we can forge ahead in the direction you want to take your life. So, let's start this journey toward happiness together.
All families experience struggles and hardship. However, some struggles can be overwhelming and require professional intervention. These hardships include chronic illness, dementia, loss of independence, or grief over the death of a spouse. Struggles such as these can cause tension between family members or spouses. Sometimes adult children are unable to effectively cope with increased caretaking responsibilities. Seeking professional assistance with these struggles can effectively improve the quality of life for both those that are ill and those taking care of them.
If you have a loved on suffering from dementia, The Alzheimer's Association can provide information on local resources and support groups in your area. You can contact the Alzheimer's Association 24/7 at 1-800-272-3900 or at www.alz.org.