went on to complete 18 months of post-doctoral work in New Mexico, where
I treated Native American children and their families. I was based at
Acoma-Canoncito-Laguna Hospital and traveled to three elementary and
middle schools on the Acoma and Laguna reservations. My job included
providing assessment and treatment for children identified by the
schools as needing a psychological evaluation. This was a wonderful
experience both personally and professionally. I gained respect for a
group of people I previously knew very little about. Along with further
developing my skills for working with children and families, I learned
a lot about the importance of cultural sensitivity, the power of
community, and how a history of being traumatized can affect people.
my contract in New Mexico ended, I returned to New Jersey and joined
the behavioral health staff at Monmouth Medical Center. The center
offered outpatient therapy for individuals, couples, families, and
groups. In my position as staff psychologist, I provided outpatient
psychotherapy and supervised pre-doctoral interns.
1997, I accepted a position at Somerset Medical Center
as the clinical
director of the Women's Trauma Program, which treated women with
histories of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Under my
leadership, the program expanded to become Women's Psychological
Services. We continued to serve women with histories of abuse, but also
provided specialized treatment for other women's issues such as eating
disorders, postpartum depression, difficulties related to
peri-menopause, and issues related to a diagnosis of cancer. Also in my
capacity as director, I gave presentations and wrote about mental
health issues for various publications. I served as chief of psychology
while working at the hospital. The hospital is now Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Somerset and I continue to have medical staff privileges there.
am presently in private practice, giving presentations, writing for
various online and print outlets, and providing individual and couple
therapy in my Basking Ridge, NJ office. I have authored Insecure in Love: How Anxious Attachment Can Make You Feel Jealous, Needy, and Worried and What You Can Do About It. I write a blog for PsychologyToday.com; Making Change: A psychologist provides guidelines to help individuals define their best pathways to change.' I also write the blog Relationships for WebMD, and I am the relationships expert for WebMD's Relationships Message Board.