Presentations

Upcoming and Recent Presentations

Educating Healthcare Professionals About the Impact of Trauma on Survivors Facing the End of Life

Presentation Date: 06/19/19
Location: Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Place, NY, NY 10280

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On Wednesday, June 19 I will be presenting an educational program entitled “Understanding the impact of trauma on Holocaust Survivors Facing the End of Life: Examining the Past to Improve… READ MORE>>

I Am Giving a Series of Presentations This Week in Montreal

Presentation Date: 06/05/19
Location: Montreal, Canada

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This week I will have the pleasure of flying to Montreal and meeting the staff of the Cummings Jewish Center for Seniors, an agency providing a wide range of social and… READ MORE>>

Upcoming Workshop for Mental Health Professionals About Neuroscience and Psychotherapy

Presentation Date: 05/22/19
Location: Brooklyn, NY

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On Wednesday, May 22 I will be presenting a full-day workshop hosted by the Ohel Institute for Training. The workshop is is entitled “Findings from Neuroscience: Implications for Psychotherapy” and… READ MORE>>

REMINDER: Upcoming Workshop for Mental Health Professionals About Neuroscience and Psychotherapy

Presentation Date: 05/22/19
Location: Brooklyn, NY

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On Wednesday, May 22 I will be presenting a full-day workshop hosted by the Ohel Institute for Training. The workshop is is entitled “Findings from Neuroscience: Implications for Psychotherapy” and… READ MORE>>

REMINDER: THIS SUNDAY (May 5): 2nd Meeting of the 2GNYC “Growing Up in the Shadow of the Holocaust” Discussion Group for Children of Holocaust Survivors

Presentation Date: 05/05/19
Location: Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at New York University, located at 7 East 10th Street, New York, NY 10003

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I am facilitating a series of meetings of a new Discussion Group for Children of Holocaust Survivors in Manhattan. Now that I have become a resident of Manhattan, I am… READ MORE>>

I will be speaking on Yom Ha-Shoah at Congregation Brothers-Israel in Long Branch, NJ

Presentation Date: 05/01/19
Location: Congregation Brothers-Israel, 250 Park Ave., Long Branch, NJ 07740

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I am honored to have been invited by Rabbi Nasanayl Braun to speak at the Brothers-Israel synagogue on Yom Ha-Shoah this year. The date is Wednesday evening May 1st. The… READ MORE>>

Presentations

My Approach

I regularly present in professional conferences and training workshops for mental health professionals, as well as speak to students, teachers, schools and community organizations in the USA, Canada, Israel and Europe.

As a psychotherapist and a researcher I believe in the value of a continued dialogue with others and in the importance of exchange of ideas and perspectives. Presenting at professional conferences means sharing and examining concepts and observations with others, and working towards a collectively better professional understanding of the complex issues that come up in psychotherapy.

I also feel personally and professionally very strongly that it is important to educate the public about trauma and related issues. Such topics might include inoculation against prejudice and discrimination, as in improving understanding of the conditions that safeguard against bullying and discrimination, to reduce the risk of interpersonal and inter-group trauma. Another important perspective that grew from the work with previously traumatized people is how to promote resilience and adaptive coping skills in individuals and groups.

It is equally necessary to explain and normalize the reactions to trauma and its possible long term effects, because trauma is actually not a rare occurrence. A significant percent of individuals in the USA are exposed, at some time in their lifetime, to a traumatic experience. Misunderstood post-traumatic feelings, thoughts and behaviors can complicate the recovery of individuals exposed to trauma, and complicate and damage their relationships with significant others.

As an Israeli and a daughter of Holocaust survivors, and as research has shown, I believe in the healing power of relationships to sustain people through hardship and crises, and in the power of authentic connection help individuals regain their lives and their joy.

I believe deeply and genuinely in the capacity of individuals and of groups to cope with adversity and to heal and even grow after crisis or trauma.  After twenty five years as a psychotherapist I still enjoy tremendously being part of this fascinating and inspiring process.