“Traumas produce their disintegrating effects in proportion to their intensity, duration and repetition” – Pierre Janet
As an EMDRIA Accredited Trainer and psychotherapist in private practice with 30 years of experience working with adults, adolescents, children and infant-mother dyads, Cheryl's (she/her) aim is to support healing the wounds of trauma. Her experience includes the treatment of adolescents and adults. Some areas of focus are on PTSD, complex trauma, attachment issues and dissociative disorders. Her work additionally centers on but is not limited to behavioral addictions, performance enhancement and creative development.
Cheryl strives to embody integrity and the highest standards of practice as a psychotherapist while supporting other clinicians to increase their knowledge and build clinical capacity. As an advocate for EMDR best practices, she considers it an honor to serve through training, mentorship, advocacy and practicing psychotherapy. Cheryl is on the Faculty of the EMDR Institute and Trauma Recovery Humanitarian Assistance Programs - HAP and is an Accredited Trainer and Facilitator. As an active faculty member, she values this role as it allows her to stay current with: new research, updated EMDR training curriculums and innovative clinical findings in psychiatry and traumatology.
Cheryl is an EMDRIA Accredited Trainer and works primarily through the EMDR Therapy model. She takes a holistic and relational approach in her work. She applies her treatment through the combined lenses of EMDR, Attachment Theory, Somatic/Body Based Psychotherapy, Relational Neurobiology and the Theory of Structural Dissociation. She treats individuals with a wide range of presentations including complex trauma, dissociative disorders and disorders of attachment. Her background in the field of applied clinical research in infant mental health and attachment informs how she works to address the impact left by developmental trauma through EMDR.
Cheryl holds certifications in parent-infant dyadic psychotherapy from The Anna Freud Centre and The New York Freudian Society. She is also is Certified in Cross Cultural Studies through the Fifth Avenue Counseling and Psychotherapy Center, New York, NY. At the Yale Child Study Center, she was a clinician for Minding the Baby an early mother-infant clinical research intervention aimed at fostering secure attachment. At the Yale In-Home Intensive Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services, IICAPS, she treated psychiatrically at-risk children, adolescents and families. As a clinician in the Parent-Infant Therapeutic Program at Gouverneur Hospital in New York, NY, she treated mothers and their infants ages 0-2. She served as a therapist-intern in the inpatient Depression & Eating Disorders Unit at The New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY. She was a host and producer at NICABM, The National Institute for the Clinical of the Application of Behavioral Medicine. She also was a writer for Trauma Matters, a column in the publication of the CT Women's Consortium featuring experts in the field of traumatology.