I’m Aliza. I love a good laugh and take pride in my weird sense of humor. I have twenty different tabs open on my computer at any given time and am a serial hobbyist; anything craft-related lights me up. My favorite weather is seventy-three degrees and sunny (and I think more people should discuss their favorite weather).
I specialize in treating acute anxiety because I understand firsthand what it feels like to live in a world that feels like it’s closing in, where anxiety seems to hold all the cards. I know what it’s like to feel like nobody understands the way anxiety overshadows every moment and steals your freedom. I’ve been there. Thankfully, I also know firsthand that change is possible, and within reach; that there is hope on the other side. My heartfelt mission as a therapist is to help others find relief and freedom from anxiety. I strive to help people find renewed joy, connection and fulfillment in their lives.
Working with children and teens was a natural choice for me. I have never held a job that did not focus on children. My decision to specialize in child therapy was solidified when I volunteered at a camp for children with serious illnesses. It was there that I witnessed firsthand the transformative impact one can have on a child’s life. I immediately knew that I wanted to be that person. To me, there is no greater fulfillment than helping a child feel better and dream bigger.
My work with mothers developed as an outgrowth of working with children. More and more mothers began requesting intensive therapy for themselves. I consider it a true honor to help women explore the connections between their own childhoods and their experiences as a mom.
If you feel your child or teen could benefit from counseling, or you would like to explore the therapy for yourself as a mom, feel free to reach out to me, Aliza!
You Are Not Alone.
From day one as a therapist, I’ve been known to be a hardcore optimist. When a client comes in weighed down with concerns, I’m filled with hope because I can picture them on the other side.
Of course, therapy takes persistence, bravery and hard work. Yet when people show up and do the work, change happens- even for those who never thought it was possible.
As long as you want change and are ready to do what it takes to get there- it can happen.
As your therapist, I will believe in you even when you don’t. I’ll hold you accountable and keep things authentic. We’ll celebrate every win and weather through the hard stuff. Above all, I will be there for you- always believing that you will get to where you want to be.
A Little Bit More About Me
Education and Licensure: I received my Masters in Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at CUNY Hunter College. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of New York, and a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). I am also certified in EMDR and an EMDR Consultant In Training (CIT).
Training: Continuing education is very important to me. I spend many hours in training each year building on skills and learning new treatment approaches. For those interested in the specifics: I am trained in Expressive Arts Therapy, EMDR, ACT and CBT. I am also trained in multiple methods of Play Therapy, including Child-Centered Play Therapy, Theraplay (Levels One and Two and Group Theraplay), and Sandtray Therapy. I am also trained in multiple parenting methods such as The Nurtured Heart Approach, Collaborative and Proactive Solutions, Parent Management Training, and others.