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Transformation through Empowerment



It is an honor and my pleasure to welcome you to KLN Clinical Services NYC, a place of hope, resolution and healing. Hope that the issues you face will come to an amicable end, resulting in the best possible outcomes, which will lead to emotional healing through empowerment. Empowerment develops over time, through patience, improved self confidence and improved self esteem. You are now able to make better choices and informed decisions. I look forward to working with you.


For the past twenty-five plus years, I have had the pleasure of working with families in adoption, as a caseworker; as a supervisor in adoption, foster care and preventive services. I have also worked with adolescents, children, adults and families in a clinic as a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) for 13 years.

My expertise is in assisting families to identify common ground as a means to find solutions that everyone can agree on. Women who have experienced DV are also a population I have worked with in helping them to recover and develop positive self-esteem and independence. The pre-teen and adolescent years involve drastic change, both physically and emotionally. It is a time of discovery. I have worked with teens who have experienced gender identity conflict and rejection by family and peers. Respectful confrontation has been taught as a means of defense against those that target anyone who is different, (race, ethnicity, religion, sexual identity), and as a means to develop positive self-esteem.



Master of Social Work Degree
New York University

Bachelor of Professional Studies, Human Services
Audrey Cohen College


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Seeking Safety Therapy

Motivational Interviewing: Moving Clients Through the Process of Change


National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
National Chapter
New York Chapter

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