Mental health professional emphasizing client advocacy and strengths-based care. Competent at developing innovative and comprehensive treatment plans that leverage patients' existing support networks and needs. Compassionate, person-centered mental health professional dedicated to providing exceptional care and devising creative treatment plans for children, adolescents and adults dealing with psychosocial stressors, currently working with hospitalization, medical conditions, and chronic and terminal illnesses.
Trained in indicators of child abuse
Bilingual in Hebrew and English
Expertise in working with children
First Aid and CPR certification
Expertise in working with children and adolescents in a hospital setting
Chronic and acute pain management
Medical staff collaboration
Treatment and discharge planning
Art Therapy Trainee, 05/2016 to Current Nicole Albers, MA, LMFT, ATR – Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Conducted therapeutic individual and family therapy sessions.
Developed and implemented treatment plans and modified when needed.
Directed family-centered, strengths-based, culturally competent and individualized intakes and assessments.
Displayed sensitivity to the cultural and linguistic needs of the clients and families served.
Provided comprehensive case management services, including creating treatment plans and connecting clients and families to appropriate resources, such as Music Therapy, Dance/Movement Therapy, and Spiritual Care Services.
Ran individual therapy and family therapy sessions for children ages 3 to 19.
Presented case history material to review and discussion with other staff members.
Organized clinical interventions and treatment plans for patients suffering from chronic pain disorders.
Teacher's Assistant for Kindergarten, 09/2014 to 06/2015 Marcia Fellner – Sinai Akiba Academy
Made sure class was running smoothly and children's needs were
met (academically and socially).
Supervised the children in class, on the yard, and on field trips.
Escorted the children to and from different
classes and school events/assemblies.
Fostered reasoning and problem solving through active exploration games and activities.
Assisted and supervised 50 children through the entire school day.
Identified signs of emotional and developmental problems in children and reported to teachers.
Judaic Studies Teacher for 2nd grade girls, 09/2012 to 06/2014 Rabbi Amram Gabay – Ohr Hachaim Academy
Cooperated with parents to support students' learning and healthy development in school and at home.
Supervised an average of 16 students in classrooms, halls, cafeterias, schoolyards and on field trips.
Enforced the school's student discipline code to deal with problem situations.
Successfully improved student participation in the classroom through integration of creative role-playing exercises.
Implemented reading and writing workshops to increase student literacy.
Organized grade records to increase reference speed.
Fostered meaningful relationships among students through student field-trip retreats and school projects and events.
Developed and taught lessons on relevant children's books, poems, and themes to promote student interest.
Facilitated a learning environment and lessons which promoted student engagement and active participation.
Head Counselor and Lifeguard, 2009 to 2015 Devorah Pollak – Camp Shamayim
Developed summer program for community summer camp.
Facilitated camp activities, trips, and events.
Supervised campers on campus, on trips, and at the pool.
Collaborated with camp director and other counselors about camp activities, events, and trips.
Developed and facilitated outings and activities for camp counselors after hours.
Observed and monitored campers and consulted with camp director, counselors, and parents regarding behavioral, social, or personal concerns.
Counselor for High School Girls, 08/2011 to 08/2011 Ahuva Shandelman-Birnbaum – LA PINC
Supervised 16 high school-aged girls on daily activities and overnight trips.
Made sure campers followed daily schedules and activities were running smoothly.
Fostered meaningful relationships among campers through field-trip retreats and team-work community service projects.
Accommodated campers with personal needs and personal belongings.
Associate of Arts: Art and Psychology prerequisites, Los Angeles Valley College - Valley Glen, CA
enrolled in Art and Psychology classes as prerequisites for Master's degree
did not graduate, but attended school for 3 years
member of Phi Theta Kappa
Bachelor of Arts: Psychology, 2014 Thomas Edison State College - Trenton, NJ
Attended a local Jewish program affiliated with the school
Master of Arts: Marriage and Family Therapy/Art Therapy, Current Phillips Graduate University - Chatsworth, CA
California Association for Marital and Family Therapy (CAMFT)
Frum Therapist Network (for Orthodox Jewish Mental Health Professionals)