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Licensed Clinical Psychologist 


I received my doctoral degree from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University in the combined School-Clinical Child Psychology Program. My undergraduate degree was obtained at Emory University, where I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Psychology. I trained at many of New York City's top hospitals, including North Shore-LIJ (now Northwell Health), Bronx Children's Psychiatric Center, Montefiore Medical Center, and received specialty training in trauma assessment and treatment at the Metrowest Behavioral Health Center, a division of the nationally renowned Justice Resource Institute in Massachusetts. 


In my practice I treat individuals, couples and families with a wide array of concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma/post-traumatic stress disorder, adjustment to life stressors, and relationship issues. Both my clinical work and research have a strong basis in attachment theory and the impact of early experiences on an individual's sense of self, their ability to identify and regulate emotions, and their relationships with others. My therapeutic approach integrates both cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic techniques in an effort to best address each individual's specific needs and goals for therapy. 

I believe that the therapeutic relationship is one of the most important agents of change in therapy, and therefore strive to build a collaborative partnership based on trust, warmth, and openness to ensure that my patients feel comfortable to fully participate in the treatment process to increase the opportunity for change and healing. 


You may contact me to get more information or to schedule an initial consultation.  

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Compassionate and Collaborative Care

I see children, adolescents and adults for individual therapy in my practice. While the process may look different depending on an individual's age or readiness for change, therapy provides valuable tools to cope with life's obstacles, and to identify and address the current problems that are preventing you from living a more fulfilling and meaningful life. Evidence-based treatment approaches will be used to address problematic behaviors and ways of thinking that may be impacting your view of yourself, your relationships, or overall contentment.



The Journey To Motherhood and Beyond

Becoming a parent is one of the most rewarding, and also challenging, experiences a person has in their lifetime. For some, the challenges begin even before conception, and are often not spoken about, leading to further feelings of isolation. Whether you are struggling with infertility, pregnancy loss, the adjustment to motherhood, baby blues or perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, therapy can help.

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Building Strong Bonds

Secure and loving family relationships are one of the most important building blocks for physical and mental health. Family therapy can be a great tool to develop healthy, effective communication and interaction patterns which will benefit the well-being of each family member as well as the family unit. I work with whole families, as well as parent-child dyads with children as young as infancy, using an attachment and family systems based approach to treatment. 

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Strengthening Relationships

I work with couples to identify their goals for their relationship and work with them to improve communication strategies to enhance overall relationship satisfaction. Couples learn and practice the skills that will help lead them to improved relational patterns, increased understanding and compassion for one another.

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Sharma, C., Chinitz, E., Hackley, B., Hoffman, A., Shankar, V., Zambella, E., Stange, M., Kavanaugh, M., and Shapiro, A. (2022) Evaluation of a Mother-Infant Dyadic Video- Feedback Intervention in a Community Health Center in South Bronx. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Vol. 33 (1), pp. 120-135.

Hackley, B., Hammer, M., Barnhart, E., Abramowitz, K., Chinitz, E., Sharma, C., and Shapiro, A. (2022) Experiences of Mothers Participating in a Mother-Child Video Therapy Program. Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health.


I offer a complimentary 15 minute phone consultation to address any questions you may have prior to scheduling an appointment. To set up a phone consultation or to schedule your first appointment you may contact me by phone or email. 

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