As a national and international trauma psychiatrist, I have worked with the homeless in New York City, the victims at Ground Zero and the survivors of the Chechen genocide in the North Caucasus. In addition, I volunteered in a mobile medical clinic in Humla district, most remote region of Nepal with people without access to medical care. As part of my humanitarian work, after 9/11, I appeared on WNBC news many times in an attempt to calm New Yorker’s fears due to subsequent anthrax poisoning of postal workers and other perceived terror threats.
My volunteer work with emergency workers at Ground zero on 9/11 was featured in the Yomiuri Shimbun, a national Japanese newspaper with the largest newspaper circulation in the world. In addition, I co-created the Grief Relief Network to allow family members who lost loved ones connect with each other to provide additional emotional support.
Creativity is primal. We are all creative beings. We are the artist of our journey. That being said, my clinical expertise is in aiding professionals and creative individuals including those in the arts, fashion, film and writing fields enhance their life calling. I also have a special interest in working with visionaries deepen their voice and impact. I encourage my patients to use creative inspirations and images to heal.
Creativity, in the therapeutic process, is about therapist and patient being more flexible, opening themselves to new ideas and experiences, and garnering a sense of energy and playfulness. Spontaneity and flexibility are important ingredients in the therapeutic relationship enhancing creativity.
CBT is a type of psychotherapy that acknowledges our behaviors emerge based on prior conditioning a well as internal and external stimuli. It does not look at unconscious meaning behind behavior. The goal is not to diagnosis a person with a particular disease, but to look at them as a whole to alleviate suffering from depression and anxiety.
Mindfulness psychotherapy accesses the world’s wisdom of spiritual traditions, which have been collected for thousands of years. It involves deepening an awareness of present experience with acceptance to alleviate suffering. One’s spiritual being emerges in and through the psychological work, rather than after it.
This psychotherapy helps the person navigate the inner spaces more skillfully than spiritual practices alone. It views psychological work within a context of spiritual unfolding and transformation of psychic life, to find an awakening to a greater identity. It goes beyond the structure of the id, ego, and super-ego into an opening of greater Being.
An example is existential psychotherapy, which instead of emphasizing theories, focuses on experiencing, present-centeredness, and awareness.
Brief Dynamic Psychotherapy is a form of short- term psychotherapy to help overcome internal resistances to experiencing true feelings which have been warded off because they are too painful to integrate.
Interpersonal Psychotherapy underscores the human qualities of the therapist, rather than a paternalistic approach, as a factor in therapeutic change. The study of how people influence and respond to one another is a central focus.
Relational Psychotherapy focuses on the process of mutual influence in development and treatment. It assumes that relationships, including the therapeutic one, are shaped by both individuals in a process that is neither one sided nor linear. it has roots in social constructivist and feminist theories, theories of intersubjectivity, infancy and attachment research.
My lifelong dedication is helping others evolve spiritually along the path of greater self- awareness and actualization. Consciousness is a vast multidimensional existence, where identity is more than how we define ourselves professionally and in our daily lives, but also as a spiritual being.
My passion is helping my patients, who are interested, in connecting with a spiritual understanding of their psychological experience, which is mostly unconscious. By embracing each person as a whole, rather than from a “deficit model”, psychotherapy deepens from working with concrete, materialistic issues to healing their souls.