Work with me

Counseling – Adversity, Loss and Healing

Do you want to relieve your pain, get back into life, regain your strength and confidence, feel more in control, be more energized, laugh again, feel joy? Are you ready to get unstuck and rebuild your life?

Loss and pain can stimulate growth and change.

As a social worker and positive psychology coach, my passion is working with you to create your best life possible.

Working with me will help you gain renewed purpose, meaning and joy. You will reclaim your life through and despite your challenging circumstances. With my particular interest in overcoming adversity, I support you through your grief as you struggle to cope and come through intact, regain your balance and incorporate your new reality into a newly designed life.

I combine supportive counseling as you work through the powerful intense emotions of grief, along with tools and exercises to support you as you struggle to cope, readjust and eventually begin to heal.

Situations that warrant a ‘rebuild’:

  • Divorce/relationship break-up
  • Death of a loved one
  • Illness/disability
  • Retirement/empty nest
  • Any critical life transition or loss

I see clients in my office in Manhasset, Long Island and I also conduct sessions by phone & Skype which is convenient from anywhere.

We obviously don’t choose our negative and painful circumstances but we can choose our responses.
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” (Charles Swindoll)

We’ve only got one shot at this thing called life. Choose to make it as good as possible.
“Your life is an occasion. Rise to it.” (movie- Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium)

“Working with Harriet really changed my life. I was lucky to meet her at a parenting workshop and I felt an amazing connection with her. After the workshop was over I called her with a very tough situation in my life that I was going through. I was at a point of desperation when we had our first meeting. Our first meeting was delightful, she taught me how to meditate which is invaluable to me now. She is very easy to talk to and has been an incredible support system to me. She is more like a friend, and an advisor that has your best interest at heart. It was refreshing to work with her. She is a no nonsense person and her spirit is extraordinary. Thank you Harriet!!”


Having worked in the school system for many years, I continue with my other love: parenting. I run many parenting workshops, the main one being How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk, based on the classic and timeless book of the same name. This is a skill¬-based program that empowers parents to manage their children’s behavior in a respectful manner and promotes improved communication skills. The four main areas covered are: Acknowledging Feelings; Engaging Cooperation; Alternatives to Punishment; Encouraging Autonomy. I offer free introductory one-night sessions and also a 4-part weekly series for $200.

“What I took from this workshop was priceless and treasured techniques, awareness and approaches to help foster the type of healthy relationship I am trying to build with my child.” (J.G.)


Other parenting topics include:

  • Building Resiliency in Our Children
  • Emotional Intelligence and Character Strengths -¬ the Non-¬Academic Keys to Success
  • The Importance of Play
  • Non-Helicopter Parenting

I offer these one-nighters and series in schools, doctors’ offices, JCCs & Ys, adult education centers, expos, as well as in my office in Manhasset.


If you would’ve told me 10 years ago that I’d be doing public speaking, I’d have said you were crazy. But yes, I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and love it. It is a privilege and an opportunity for me to share what I care about, what I’m passionate about.

Topics of well-being include:

  • Resiliency
  • Grief and Growth
  • Meaning and Purpose
  • Filling Your Bucket – Self Care
  • Aging Well
  • Life After Loss

I present to groups such as seniors, care-givers, traumatic brain injury, Holocaust survivors, retirees, divorce, bereavement, parents of special needs children.  Venues include conferences, health expos and fairs, JCCs & Ys, senior centers, health clubs.

Call on me to present to your group.

Women’s Groups

I lead monthly groups (in Manhasset, Long Island) where deep conversation, connection, openness and sharing transpire. As perpetual care-givers who are often sandwiched in as the cream of that oreo cookie, small groups of women come together to talk about re-igniting their lives outside of their ‘role’.

In The Face of Stress and Challenge
Feel the Joy of Life
Are you ready to shift to more joy and reduce anxiety?

  • Fill your bucket with more joy and positivity!
  • Connect with interests that inspire and move you.
  • Feel more energized in your daily life.
  • Become more resilient and cope better.

Be part of a group that understands and supports you!

“Harriet’s sessions help me focus on all the beauty in the world that there is and keep those images as a tool to leading a positive and happy life! I look forward to Harriet’s monthly sessions as a strong camaraderie between positive minded women helping each other to find ways in making our daily path in life a smooth one”! (T.S.)

Book Clubs

I’ve been facilitating parent book clubs in schools for over 10 years. I lead them from the perspective of growth and personal development. They are uplifting, stimulating and empowering. Currently I’m facilitating 5 parent book clubs in schools in Queens.

I am available to lead your book club in your home or at a center.

“Thank you for taking the book club beyond just discussing the book and letting us look into our lives more deeply.” (N.D).

If you would like to schedule an appointment or would like more information about working with me,
please contact me at 516-214-4778 or


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how to find me

444 Community Drive, Suite 307 Manhasset, NY 11030
Call me: 516-214-4778