Clinical Work

HOSPICE OF NEW YORK

—Provide psychotherapy/grief counseling support to patient and patient families. 

—Provide music psychotherapy support and comfort care 

—Utilize appropriate referral protocol for population 

—Observe clients in music and non-musical settings to set appropriate therapeutic goals 

—Provide in-service to educate staff on Creative Arts Therapy/Music Therapy (as well as the psychotherapeutic components)     

—Families in the treatment planning and treatment process when appropriate 

—Provide written documentation that demonstrates evidence based outcomes related to goals/interventions. 

—Primary caseload diagnosis: Parkinson’s, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, and Congenital Heart Disease (patients with a six month prognosis) 

—Work with a five person interdisciplinary treatment team that includes Nurse, Physician, Social Worker, Music Therapist and Chaplain to provide Holistic Care

VISITING NURSES ASSOCIATION

HOSPICE

–Provide evaluation and assessment for treatment

–Provide treatment planning

–Provide clinical treatment documentation

–Treatment goals implemented to decrease impulse behavior/improve reality orientation

–Assist patient in developing patients perceptual and cognitive skills

–Provide patient transitional support

–Provide pain management treatment subsequently reduce patient agitation

–Partake in bi-weekly interdisciplinary group meetings with treatment team members

–Weekly text messages/phone calls to patient family members on status update

–Provide grief counseling

–Procedural support/music therapy at funerals

METROPOLITAN JEWISH HEALTH SYSTEM

HOSPICE

–Provide evaluation and assessment for treatment

–Provide treatment planning

–Provide comfort care/spiritual support to address depression

–Provide sensory stimulation

–Integrated family sessions/provide emotional support to families (patient transition)

–Provide opportunities for meaningful interactions among family members

–Facilitate reminiscence and life review

–Provide quality of life care (transitioning patients) 

–Clinical documentation related to evaluation, assessment, treatment planning and termination

–Work with interdisciplinary team provide whole person support including emotional support For patient and patient families

JOHN F KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL

AUTISM SPECTRUM

—Facilitate children with engaged focus in group experiences

—Assist children with delayed sensory motor planning

—Facilitate children with expressive language skills

—Document, monitor and assess changes in child behavior   

ESSEX COUNTY PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL

ADULT PSYCHIATRIC

—Establish non-verbal avenues of communication as a conduit for verbal communication

—Assist patients in providing a fulfilling means of self-expression and identity formation

—Provide a safe environment for creative and verbal self-expression

—Assist clients in identifying feelings associated with independent thinking

—Document, monitor and assess changes in client behavior

—Facilitate group cohesion by-way-of-song-recreation, improvisation, song writing and verbal discussion

RAMAPO RIDGE PSYCHIATRIC FACILITY

Gerontological Clinical Context

—Assist less alert clients in becoming alert and engaged in group activities

—Facilitate crisis intervention techniques that included:

—Verbal discussion, auditory-musical touch and listening to clients when needed

—Document, monitor and assess changes in client behavior

NARCISSISTIC PERSONALITY DISORDER ERUDITION

  • 2021 Understanding and Managing the Impact of Narcissistic Relationships on Your Mental Health with Dr. Ramani Durvasula
  • 2021 Becoming More Gaslight Resistant in the Era of Narcissism with Dr. Ramani Durvasula
  • 2021 Dynamics of Narcissistic/Difficult Relationships with Dr. Ramani Durvasula
  • 2021 Mastering the Dynamics of Narcissistic/Difficult Relationships with Dr. Ramani Durvasula
  • 2021 Coping with the Unique Grief of the Narcissistic Relationship with Dr. Ramani Durvasula
  • 2020 Clinically Addressing Narcissistic Abuse with Dr. Ramani Durvasula
  • 2020 Overview of Narcissistic Personality Styles for Therapists & Coaches with Dr. Ramani Durvasula
  • Over 17 Years of Research on Narcissist Personality Disorder

BOOK REVIEW

• 2013 Book Review on Dr. Eric Miller’s Bio-Guided Music Therapy: A Practitioner’s Guide to the Clinical Integration of Music and Biofeedback

CLINICAL RESEARCH

• Spring Montclair State Newsletter Forward Thinking; article entitled Healing Touch research provided on Schizophrenia and Depression: A Non Pharmacological Approach

PRESENTATIONS

• Music As Therapy Not As Performance Presentation to the Visiting Nurses Association in East Orange, NJ

• Oral Presentation Nominated for the Seventh Annual Student Research Symposium Award at Montclair University on Schizophrenia and Depression: A Non Pharmacological Approach to Treating Crippling Psychosis and Debilitating Rumination (An Interdisciplinary Study)

• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Urban Inner City Children at Montclair State University in Montclair NJ

• Interview with Kelly Ebbels of The Montclair Times for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression

RELEVANT COURSEWORK IN PSYCHOPATHOLOGY

Mood and Mood Disorders                     Psychological Stress and Physical Disorders

Eating Weight and Eating Disorders       Dissociative Disorders

Drug and Substance Abuse                      Sex, Gender and Sexual Disorders

Psychosis and Schizophrenia                  Disorders of Childhood

Cognitive Disorders         Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders

RELEVANT COURSEWORK IN PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC THEORETICAL ORIENTATIONS

Psychodynamic                                        Cognitive-Behavioral

Humanistic-Existentialism                       Exposure Therapy

Family Systems Therapy                          Feminist Therapy

Adlerian Therapy                                     Gestalt Therapy

Person Centered Therapy                         Ethical Issues in Counseling