366 North Broadway Suite 210
Jericho, New York 11753
LICENSING AND CERTIFICATION:
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Part One Sept. 2018
Certified Therapist in EMDR Nov. 2015
Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress Sept. 2011
New York State Certified Social Worker March 1992
Academy of Certified Social Workers June 1983
Diplomate of Clinical Social Work May 1987
Certificate in Child Psychotherapy
New Hope Guild June 1988
Advanced Certificate in School Psychology
City College, City University of New York May 1984
Master of Social Work
Adelphi University, School of Social Work May 1981
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
Bernard M. Baruch College,
City University of New York May 1979
Federation of Protestant Charities Scholarship 1980 -1981
Adelphi University School of Social Work Scholarship 1979 -1980
Excellence in Psychology Award; Monroe D. Franklin
Award; 1972 Liberal Arts Awards; Dean’s List 1975 -1979
Child and Adult Psychotherapist
Private Practice, Trauma Therapist September 1987 – Present
Jericho, New York
Treat children and adults who are victims of trauma or/and child physical and
sexual abuse; psychotherapy with children and adults with a variety of psycho-
social issues and sexual issues; run groups with adult survivors of sexual
abuse. Assessment and treatment of victims of priest abuse.
Child Abuse Mandated Trainer
Family Consultation Center September 1993 – September 1996
Garden City, New York
Certified to provide state mandated training on child abuse,
neglect and sexual abuse for mandated reporters.
Child Abuse Consultant
Cornell University September 1985 -September 1991
Child Protective Services Training Institute
Provide training statewide to CPS workers and therapists on assessment and treatment of child witnesses of domestic violence. Act as a consultant in preparation of child physical and sexual abuse manuals designed for CPS staff.
Queens Child Guidance Center April 1985 – August 1990
Trude Weishaupt Clinic
Direct and supervise a child abuse treatment program whose services include assessment and provision of individual, group, couple, and family therapy to children, adolescents, and adults who are the victims of domestic violence, child abuse and child sexual abuse. Utilize play and art therapy techniques. Advocate for clients and testify in court. Work closely with all related systems, i.e., SSC, Family Court, D.A., Hospitals and Police Department. Validation of child sexual abuse cases and expert testimony in court. Staff includes MSW’s, psychologist, psychiatrist, secretarial, and students. Chair Boro-President’s Committee Against Child Sexual Abuse.
Child Abuse Consultant
Blueberry Treatment Center June 1988 – September 1990
Train and supervise special investigators on child abuse related issues that involve children and parents, as well as children and staff.
Leake and Watts Children’s Home June 1984 – June 1988
East Bronx Family Service Center
Performed psycho-diagnostic assessments of youngsters and their families who were victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse.
City University of New York – Baruch College September 1979 – 1984
Designed and taught undergraduate psychology courses.
Brookwood Child Care August 1984 – April 1985
CUDDLE Family Day Care
Developed and implemented model day care programs targeted for middle income families. Responsibilities included overall supervision of the project, developing linkages within the community, recruiting Users and Providers, screening and accessing potential Providers and their families, conducting enrollment, supervised Providers of all Family Day Care homes. Developed training curriculum and taught training courses including theories of child development, play and cognition, learning disabilities, child abuse and neglect, creative use of daily space, structuring the day, the use of movement, art and music in promoting growth.
Child and Family Psychotherapist
Coalition for Abused Women August 1982 – August 1984
Safe Home for Abused Families
Planned, developed and implemented children’s therapeutic program for ages two to sixteen who had witnessed and/or was a victim of domestic violence and/or incest. Provided psychological evaluations of youngsters and short-term individuals/group play, art and music therapy. Conducted full range of psychotherapeutic services to women including individual, group and family therapy. Facilitated parenting skill groups, provided advocacy and crisis intervention. Performed intake interviews on women and children as well as active follow up upon discharge. Supervised and trained staff and students of all levels.
New York State Certified Social Worker
Leake and Watts Children’s Home June 1981-August 1982
East Bronx Family Service Center
Provided individual therapy to minority families with children at risk of
placement. Utilized play therapy and behavior modification. Participated in a
special project designed to enable women in prison to assume parental
responsibilities upon their discharge. Worked with children to facilitate the
transition to be reunited with their mothers. Conducted weekly individual and family therapy both within the home and agency and did intake interviews.
Developed appropriate resources and made referral with follow-up. Advocated
for the clients within the welfare system, C.O.H., hospitals and the courts.
National Association of Social Workers
NYS Society of Clinical Social Workers – Nassau & Suffolk Chapters
Member of the National Center for Crisis Management
American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
Silent Screams and Hidden Cries: A Compilation and Interpretation of Artwork
by Children from Violent Homes. Brunner/Mazel: 1985
Child Witnesses of Spouse Abuse: A Study of Preschoolers. Poster Session
Presented at the American Ortho-psychiatric 62nd Annual Meeting. April 1985
Casualties of Childhood: A Development Perspective on Sexual Abuse Using
Projective Drawing. Brunner/Mazel: 1992
Group Psychotherapy for Psychological Trauma: Management of Trauma-Related Affect, Defenses and Dissociative States. Guilford Press: 2000
Speaking The Unspoken: Treating Sexual Dysfunction In Adults Sexually Abused As Children. New York State Clinical Society Newsletter, Fall 2017
Successful Use of Guanfacine in a Patient with Chronic Refractory Cough: a Case Report; Kirschen, GW, Kirschen H. Gabalski E, Waxner J, Wohl A. Submitted 2017.
Betrayal of The Body: Approaches to Hypo-Sexuality for Female Sufferers of Childhood Abuse: In Preparation Journal of Child Sexual Abuse. 2018.