My interest in psychology began as an undergraduate at Stony Brook University. It seemed compatible with my concerns as a young adult. I was 17 at that time. I did some research involving learning strategies and field work in the realm of developmental disabilities.

I then received a master's degree from City College-CUNY. Several prominent clinical psychologists on faculty there were inspirational. I was also working in public service. Much of my work involved evaluation of and planning for children and young adults. I dealt with clients with the gamut of developmental and psychiatric problems.

As I continued my career, I sought more advanced and diverse skills. I was fortunate to be accepted at The Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. During my doctoral studies I worked as an adjunct instructor at Hunter College. After completing my degree I maintained an affiliation with Rutgers as a clinical supervisor of doctoral students.

I began a private therapy practice limited to adults after receiving my license as a psychologist in New York State. I also became a volunteer crisis counselor at GMHC. The AIDS “crisis” was ravaging the gay community and changing everyone. Its impact on behavior and interpersonal relationships was reaching far beyond those who tested positive. I started to work with many gay men. This also initiated my interest in working with people with medical problems. My professional development continued as I attended numerous workshops and classes,and received several years of clinical supervision.I have also supervised many mental health professionals working towards certification.