Hello! I am a licensed clinical social worker with over 18 years of experience. I provide individual, group and couples therapy to those struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety and life stress. The individuals I work with are often experiencing some trouble adjusting to transitions in their life, want to gain a better understanding of where they are in life, or want to make improvements in the quality of their life. I work with people who have a variety of issues and I also specialize in reproductive mental heath- depression and anxiety in pregnancy and the postpartum period , miscarriage, pregnancy loss, infertility, adoption etc.
I love helping people to feel better and see a clearer path to their future goals. Each individual has so much potential to improve their own happiness and lives- it is a priviledge to be able to help somoeone reach their full potential- to find happiness and calmness in their life.
Pauline is extremely friendly. She gives her complete attention and listens intently. She does not push any opinions, but lets you speak and form your own conclusions. It is a completely judgement free environment, and I am extremely comfortable with Pauline as my therapist.
Once you make the decision to call, you will speak directly to me- not a secretary or colleague. We will speak briefly about what you are looking for, what I can offer, and if we agree its a good fit we will schedule an appointment. At our first appointment we will discuss more in detail what is going on for you, what you hope to take away from this experience. We will work together to identify the problems, goals, and develop a plan for treatment.
I have a Masters Degree in social work and I am currently a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in NYS. This means that I had several years of practice supervised by more senior social workers before the state approved my license as a more senior social worker with clinical experience. Since then I have supervised, mentored and coached many social workers in a large academic hospital as they themselves worked towards their professional goals.
I am a member of Resolve- the national infertility association, as well as the American Society for Reproductive Medicine- Mental Health Practitioners Group. I have completed the Postpartum Support International certificate training for the diagnosis and treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. I am on the executive advisory board for the Nassau County Department of Health Perinatal Services Network and I am chair of the maternal mental health work group.
I have had many local and national speaking engagements, including a segment on NBC Nightly News.
My goal is to help each person find the care they need at a fee that is affordable. I do have a standard rate but can offer a reduced rate for financial hardships. I also accept several insurance policies- both in and out of network so if your insurance covers therapy (most do) you may be responsible for as little as a copay.
Find someone that you feel comfortable with. Someone who will listen to you, not talk at you. Someone who will accept you for who you are, not judge you.