I am a neuropsychologist in Manhattan with three convenient offices: Midtown West, Midtown East, and the West Village, specializing in clinical neuropsychology and clinical psychology. I treat individuals with central nervous system disorders affecting cognitive, emotional, social, and occupational functioning.
In a nutshell, I perform neuropsychological and psychological workups and treat children and adults with language (e.g., aphasias) and autistic spectrum disorders; attentional deficits and learning disabilities; memory and cognitive problems; traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, and stroke; dementia and intellectual decline in the elderly; as well as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and collateral central nervous system disorders (e.g., anxiety, depression, mood and personalilty disorders, OCD/tics/stuttering) that affect cognitive, emotional, social, and occupational functioning. I also perform neurocognitive rehabilitation for brain injuries, bariatric surgery evaluations, fitness for duty and disability evaluations, evaluations of patients in need of 504 accommodations (e.g., extended time for testing or provision of a quiet room), medically unexplained psychosomatic disorders (e.g., gastrointestinal discomfort and back pain, skin disorders, maintaining restful sleep, fatigue, headaches, and muscular aches and pains), management of pain and post-traumatic stress disorders, as well as associated career and relationship issues (career guidance, couples therapy) using some of the latest techniques including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT and REBT) and the Gottman method (couples).
CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM DISORDERS include:
- Anxiety including social anxiety, depression (mood disorders), specific phobias, and panic disorders
- Mood disorders, including bipolar disorders
- Personality and dissociative disorders
- Obsessive-compulsive thoughts and behaviors
- Problems in concentration and attention
- Memory loss and cognitive impairment, including dementia and loss of intellective functioning in the elderly
- Developmental and learning disorders of childhood and adolescence including autism, Asperger's syndrome as well as conduct and impulse control problems
- Sleep disorders including problems with initiating or maintaining restful sleep
- Addictive disorders such as substance abuse including polydrug usage, sexual and Internet addiction, and gambling
- Other cognitive, social, and emotional disorders including social shyness, sexual problems, and the like
I also treat individuals and couples with PROBLEMS IN LIVING:
- Career and work-related issues including career and executive coaching
- Problems with domestic partner, spousal and romantic relationships
- Relationship coaching for single individuals
- Conflicts with immediate family including parents, siblings, in-laws, and extended family members
PSYCHOSOMATIC DISORDERS: Most important, I treat everyday stress-related issues, commonly referred to as psychosomatic disorders, such as gastrointestinal problems, skin disorders, maintaining restful sleep, fatigue, headache, medically unexplained muscular aches and pains, and lower back discomfort, to name a few.
PAIN MANAGEMENT and POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD): If you have suffered an injury and are experiencing pain and stress-related problems, I can evaluate and assist you in mitigating your pain symptoms and stress-related issues using some of the latest techniques: Stress-reduction techniques, pain management, and referral to an group practice physican for medication.
CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS, and YOUNG ADULTS: I diagnose, assess, and treat:
- Attentional disorders including attention deficit disorder and hyperactive behavior
- Learning disabilities and other cognitive, language, and memory disorders
- Pervasive developmental disorders including autism and Asperger's syndrome
- Other childhood and adolescent syndromes such as conduct and impulse control problems
NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION: I provide neuropsychological evaluation, psychological assessment, and psychoeducational testing for children, adolescents, and adults in need of 504 accommodations (e.g., extended time for testing, smaller class size, specialized instruction and therapy, and classroom accommodations). Section 504 is a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that prohibits discrimination based upon disability. Neuropsychological evaluation and assessment generally qualifies as a basis for providing for 504 accommodations whether for placement in public and private elementary and secondary schools, at the college and university level (e.g., PSAT, SAT), or for graduate school admission (e.g., GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT) or post-graduate licensure (e.g., NYS Bar Exam, Medical Review and Licensing Boards, Psychology licensure).
ADULTS: I treat cognitive disorders such as problems in thinking, reasoning, and problem-solving as well as medical conditions that affect cognitive, emotional, and social functioning including dementia, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, and stroke.
TREATMENT: Many of these problems are treatable with the following forms of treatment:
- Psychotherapies including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT & REBT), psychoanalytic therapy, and couples therapy. For those seeking to enhance and maintain their creative and cognitive abilities and skills for work and other areas of your life, I can offer specific recommendations and/or techniques.
- Medication including referral to an in-house physician for psychoactive medications (prescriptions), but I can also make individualized recommendations for nootropic and promnestic drugs for cognitive and memory improvement, and advice on phytonutrients and nutriceuticals for their mental health as well as anti-aging benefits (e.g., Omega-3s appear to reduce anxiety and depression; resveratrols in red wine appear to induce anti-aging effects in the human body).
- Neurocognitive rehabilitation for cognitive and memory problems using computers and software programs, external memory aids (such as an electronic organizer in a smartphone), and other time-tested techniques.
- Hypnosis is effective for a number of problems including obsessive-compulsive behaviors, weight loss, and smoking cessation (often in tandem with Varenicline or "Chantix," which blocks the effects of nicotine on the brain).
- Relaxation techniques including meditation, therapeutic massage, yoga, and physical exercise reduce anxiety and facilitate positive mood states.
- Physical exercise is particularly effective in reducing the symptoms of anxiety and depression including social anxiety, mild to moderate depression, panic disorder, and phobias. Strength-conditioning (using individual weights or machines), cardiovascular exercise (e.g., running, biking, swimming), as well as Pliates, Feldenkrais, Yoga, and Alexander techniques, among others, are all potentially beneficial.
- Nutritional and lifestyle changes can substantially alter your quality of life and I am a strong proponent of these approaches.
- Journal writing as well as art, music, and dance therapies have many therapeutic benefits and I can discuss various options with you at your initial consultation. One such application of motor skills, rhythm, and timing to a range of disorders is the Interactive Metronome.
- Bibliotherapy: I may ask you to read a book or article, if this is appropriate to your problem or condition, for educative purposes and insight into your situation.
- I work with various other professionals (e.g., primary care physicians, psychiatrists, neurologists, ob/gyn physicians, physiatrists - physicians who care for patients in need of physical rehabilitation, nutritionists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, speech-language pathologists, as well as physical and occupational therapists and therapeutic massage specialists) for straightforward and appropriate referral, if necessary.
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