(Note: Does not see individuals and children under the age of 15)
Specialties & expertise
Anxiety and depression
Adoption related topics
Grief and loss
College related issues
ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
Ivy received her Masters of Social Work from Michigan State University. She has been in private practice for 30 years, and has previously been an instructor for Brown University's PLME program and a consultant at multiple educational, family, and adoption services.
Ivy sees clients of ages 15 and older, including teenagers, families, and couples. She has particular expertise in adoption-related topics, ADHD, anxiety, Asperger syndrome, eating disorders, grief and loss of family and friends, marriage counseling, parenting-related challenges, and sexual orientation.
Ivy's practice is eclectic in nature, including psychodynamic therapy, family systems therapy, and cognitive behavioral work. She focusing on building deep relationships with clients, and enjoys marathon running and cooking.
Adoption related topics – Including parents going through the search process, adoptive parents, adoptees, young women who have given up or kept their babies after pregnancy
ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Anxiety – Including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), panic disorder, generalized anxiety, social anxiety
Asperger syndrome – e.g., management of stress relating to anxiety or obsessive interests
College related issues
Depression – Ranging from feeling mildly down through major depression
Eating issues – Including anorexia nervosa and bulimia
Grief and loss – Particularly early loss of parents and friends among college students
Marriage counseling – Including early through mature relationships; learning how to be in an intimate relationship; communication among the couple; dealing with affairs
Parenting – Through the child's age cycle, particularly for mothers
Sexual identity – Including sexual orientation, coming out
Stress management – Including generally coping with life's difficulties and realizing your full potential
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Brown University Student Health Insurance
Johnson and Wales Student Insurance
RISD Student Insurance
Individual sessions: $120/session (45min)
Message to clients
"I have been a therapist for 35 years, including 25 years of private practice, and am passionate about helping my patients improve the quality of their lives, mental and physical health, and relationships. My approach is to be an active and sensitive listener. I aim to build therapeutic relationships, and provide a safe, non-judgmental and trusting environment that allows you to begin the process of healing and growth.
It is my privilege to help clients who have the courage to seek help in the face of all sorts of life challenges. I use a variety of strategies coming from different approaches to meet your specific needs and issues, and welcome your inquiry."
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defences we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Brown University Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME), Instructor
Northern Rhode Island Collaborative, Social Work Consultant
BICO Special Needs Educational Collaborative, Social Work Consultant
Jewish Family Services, Clinical Director
Adoption agencies, Consultant
Michigan State University, M.S.W. (Masters of Social Work)
University of Michigan, B.A., Psychology and Secondary Teaching Certificate
Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel