Hi, I’m Aliza and I specialize in trauma therapy for creative children, teens, and young adults. I’ve loved children for as long as I can remember. Their sense of wonder, pursuit of adventure and playful nature has kept me seeking out more interactions. 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 parents developed as an outgrowth of working with children. As I witnessed the life-changing impact of parenting sessions, I began offering parent support as a standalone service. I consider working with parents both a passion and a privilege. As a fellow parent, I am well-acquainted with this beautifully bumpy journey we call parenthood.
If you feel your child, teen or a young woman in your family could benefit from counseling, or you would like to explore the parenting help offered by parent support, 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
Fun Facts: My favorite weather is seventy-five degrees and sunny (and I think more people should discuss their favorite weather). I love a good laugh and take pride in my weird sense of humor. I’ve been a bookworm from a very young age and enjoy reading anything and everything. I am a serial hobbyist and have spent time learning many different kinds of crafts. While I haven’t truly mastered any of them, it’s the process of learning something new and being creative that I most enjoy.
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 NY and NJ and am a Registered Play Therapist (RPT).
Training: Continuing education is 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 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 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.