how do we own our 

bodies as we age?

Older women live at the intersection of sexism and ageism. As a psychotherapist specializing in eating disorders, I understand the far-reaching sociological issues of body image for women. And as a woman nearing 70, I recognize that our youth-oriented society provides few, if any, realistic role models on aging.  


How do we own our bodies—and ourselves—as we age?  I write, speak, and work with individuals and groups to transform women's relationships to their bodies throughout their lives. I believe older women should know they are valuable—not invisible. My generation experienced a collective “conscious raising” in our late teens and twenties. Now, I believe it's time to come together again and build a more inclusive world. 


I received a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University and a doctorate from Teachers College at Columbia University in Family and Community Education. I'm a psychotherapist specializing in women, body image, and trauma, and run a private practice in New York City. In addition to my work as a therapist, I have more than four decades of experience in non-profit management, focused on women's health, behavioral health, and music in healthcare—including Musicians on Call, The Brooklyn Heights Counseling Center, The Arts and Health Alliance, and Lincoln Hall Boys Haven. Most recently, I was the executive director at, an organization focused on expanding the work horizon for women over 50. 



I have four decades of experience focused on women and body image, as well as extensive experience working with clients on anxiety, depression, and trauma. I'm currently running a virtual group therapy session on EDs with Sesh


I write about body image, sexism, and ageism. You can find examples of my work below. 


I've spoken at conferences  and on podcasts including Twisting the Plot, The Age Buster, and Project Inclusion.


I combine my extensive experience in managing non-profits and my psychotherapy knowledge to work with teams on addressing sexism and ageism in the workplace. 


Below are a few of my recent posts. You can find more of my writing here and subscribe to my newsletter below.


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