Goldie Greenwald is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of New York (License No: 107601, LMSW, NYS). Goldie is currently working as a Therapist Associate being supervised by Mike Cotayo, LCSW, NYS at Cerebral. She completed her Master's degree in Social Work with a specialization in International Social Welfare, Immigrants, and Refugees at Columbia University in New York City. As a trauma-informed, culturally sensitive therapist, she strives to form meaningful connections with clients and co-create spaces for them to thrive. She believes therapy and other mental health care allow us to explore who we are, what we need, and how our worldview has developed. Using psychodynamic and humanistic modalities, the people she works with will work collaboratively examine their experiences and how they have shaped them into the person they are today. Additionally, Goldie believes long-term well-being and empowerment of people hinges upon our ability to create a paradigm shift – a shift from the pathology paradigm to the neurodiversity paradigm. She typically uses the Power Threat Meaning Framework (PTMF) to conceptualize why people sometimes experience a whole range of forms of distress, confusion, fear, despair, and troubled or troubling behavior opposed to typical diagnostic tools. In addition to the specializations listed, she specializes in faith-related or ideological transitions, yiddish/ashkenazi specific cultural trauma, gender-affirming care, and victims of employment exploitation.
Neurodiversity – the diversity among minds – is a natural, healthy, and valuable form of human diversity. - Nick Walker, PhD