CPS Trauma Support
Below is a list of psychologists and social workers who participate on our trauma team and may be especially good matches for survivors of traumatic experiences of all kinds, including sexual or other physical violence, harassment, or discrimination. Keep in mind that if your situation is urgent and a particular counselor with whom you would like to work is not immediately available it is generally not wise delaying in seeking assistance. Rather it is best to initiate treatment with a counselor who is more immediately available; you are always welcome to transfer to a different counselor at a later date.
SVR survivor advocates and prevention coordinators as well as other Columbia Health professionals can facilitate access to a member of the CPS trauma team; you need only ask.
Jane’s professional interests include identity development, gender and sexuality, LGBTQ issues, trauma, addictions, religion and spirituality, and women’s mental health. She is a member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.
Lisa received advanced training in the Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College and has subsequently authored or co-authored numerous publications on PTSD and especially on the co-occurrence of trauma, eating disorders and substance abuse. She is a member of both the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and The Women’s Mental Health Consortium.
Rachel Efron, Ph.D. (Team Leader)
Rachel has well over twenty-five years’ experience working with trauma survivors with a specialty in sexual assault, sexual abuse, partner violence, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues. A longtime advisor to the Barnard Columbia Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center, she currently offers a group for Women Survivors of Sexual Abuse at CPS. She is a recipient of the RC/AVSC "Heroine Award" "as a trailblazer in the Anti-Violence movement who not only shaped our community at Columbia, but has changed the course of history”. Rachel is a member the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
Elisheva’s professional interests include relational psychodynamic psychotherapy, trauma and crisis intervention, cultural diversity issues, and emerging adulthood/identity formation. She is fluent in Hebrew and proficient in French.
Raia’s professional interests and background include improving mental health services for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students, and in helping students navigate trauma and identity issues. She has published several papers on working with the LGBT community. Raia is fluent in Bulgarian.
Shirley has specialized training and experience in the treatment of trauma survivors and in crisis intervention. She is an experienced first responder and was a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) member and trainer for the state of NJ. She has training and practice in the use of CISD (Critical Incident Stress Debriefing), CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management), and PFA (Psychological First Aid). Shirley’s other interests include working with professional women of color. She recently published a monograph: “Making It: Black Women Middle Managers.”
Diana has extensive experience in working trauma survivors particularly within the Latino community. Her professional interests include treating anxiety and mood disorders, issues related to individuation and separation, family and interpersonal conflicts, and group psychotherapy. She is fluent in Spanish.
Addette’s professional interests and experience include the psychological effects of trauma, the mental health of people of color, and the integration of psychodynamically informed therapy with mindfulness-based practices, and couples and gender issues. She has trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and facilitates a mindfulness group here on campus.
Patricia Yoon, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Trainee
Patricia's professional interests include integrative treatment approaches to trauma, minority mental health, depression and anxiety, and addictions. She is a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.