About

I have been treating individuals and couples in my private practice in New York City for over 30 years.  I integrate psychopharmacology and psychotherapy to help patients overcome depression, anxiety, and stress and learn to improve their mood, energy, sleep, resilience, emotional regulation, anger management, focus, cognition, relationships, and peace of mind.

Many people who first come to see me suffer from symptoms that are intense and debilitating. Some have been told by other healthcare practitioners that their depression is treatment-resistant. They often feel hopeless and helpless, convinced that there is nothing that can help them. Nothing could be further from the truth. We are fortunate that there are a wide array of tools—psychopharmacological, psychotherapeutic, and mind/body wellness practices—to help those suffering from depression, anxiety, stress, and other mental health challenges. By tailoring treatment to the individual, we can usually achieve successful outcomes with a minimum of side effects. If you or someone you know needs mental health help, please don’t hesitate to seek a consultation with a psychiatrist.  With the sophisticated array of treatment options available, no one should suffer needlessly from these conditions.

In addition to working with patients in my private practice, I am Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and Assistant Attending Psychiatrist at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Department of Psychiatry. I teach psychiatry at Weill-Cornell Medical School and have taught courses on psychoanalysis, religion, and spirituality  at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. I earned my Medical Degree at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and completed my Psychiatry Residency at New York Hospital/Cornell University Medical College. I completed my training in psychoanalysis at Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.

I  have published numerous articles in professional journals and am coauthor of a groundbreaking book on the emotionally-charged issues related to making the developmental transition to marriage: The First Year of Marriage: What to Expect, What to Accept and What You Can ChangeBased on an exclusive study of newlyweds and surveys of individuals looking back on their first year of marriage, this psychological and practical guide has been published in six U.S. editions as well as internationally and excerpted in dozens of  magazines and newspapers. I have appeared on numerous television and radio talk shows, including Oprah, CBS Early Show, Geraldo, and NPR’s Open Source and have been quoted widely in magazine, newspaper, and website articles.

I have presented at numerous professional conferences and community centers about marriage and family issues, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and psychoanalysis, religion, and spirituality. While the latter have traditionally been regarded as competing perspectives on the human condition, they actually have more in common than has been recognized by mental health practitioners.  I have co-chaired psychoanalytic study groups devoted to sensitizing clinicians to the role religion and spirituality play in many people’s lives, especially in times of distress and as a means to achieve higher levels of awareness and experiential transcendence. I am also a devotee of Tai Chi, meditation, and the use of breathing techniques to relax and heal. My comprehensive approach to treating depression, anxiety, and other mental health challenges includes utilizing mind-body wellness practices.

To schedule an appointment, please call (212) 737-6330. 

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