I am thrilled you are here, because you are my WHY!
You are the reason I do what I do. I am enlivened when I work with people committed to creating relationships that bring them joy with the people they care about most.
Before getting to where I am today, I spent over 15 years working with people of all ages, stages, life perspectives, strengths and challenges. I made it my business to be well versed in many modalities and fell in love with supporting children, those with differences in abilities (specifically Autism) and their families, couples, survivors of trauma and parents navigating the parenthood journey. I also worked with professionals helping them to build the private practice of their dreams so they, too, can use their special gifts to help the people they love working with most. I worked with anyone I knew I could support.
After some time, while I knew that I was incredibly successful working with almost anyone, it became clear to me that that my work’s meaning came from working with individuals looking to improve their relationships, couples, parents and people looking to become parents. While I still will work with children and teens, the most powerful access to desired change and growth was when I engaged parents in the work. There is no more significant job I can imagine than that of a person raising a child. I kept meeting and being referred to people that wanted me to work with their child when the true work started with the parent-the gatekeeper of their relationship! I got called the “parent whisperer.” It became clear to me how much unresolved, unexpressed and unexplored trauma there was impacting a person’s ability to have the connections they craved with their child, and it was the reason they were having challenges putting into practice the strategies they were learning from books and coaches. Over time I developed a compassionate, heart-centered and straightforward approach to working with individuals and couples that is truly unmatched.
My mission is to connect people to their authentic selves so that they can develop the kind of compassion, love and understanding that not only heals them from the experiences that created the reasons why they have the challenges they experience, but gives them access to love, joy and connection. This is the kind of freedom I am committed to creating with people for their lives. It is my honor and privilege to be on this journey with you!
The letters behind the name.
I am a dual-Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York and Massachusetts, with more than 15 years of experience working and collaborating with people of all life stages and circumstances in various settings, including a premier school for kids and teens with various life and learning perspectives in NY. I earned my BA in Psychology and Social Work from Adelphi University and a MSW from Columbia School of Social Work and received my doctoral degree from Adelphi University School of Social Work. I am energized by my contributions as a lecturer at Boston College School of Social Work and Columbia School of Social Work, and am currently a PhD candidate and researcher at Adelphi University, pursuing research in trauma, parenting, post-traumatic growth and Autism.
My fervor for promoting empowerment and disseminating knowledge has contributed to activism in the community and partnership with organizations and universities. I guest lecture and lead workshops for organizations such as New York Therapy Placement Services, and am a national lecturer in the PESI family, speaking on trauma, resilience, parenting, development, post-traumatic growth and body-based approaches to healing from the bottom-up. I’ve also contributed to writing social emotional curriculum for in-school programs and organizations including EI. Read what others are saying.
I am a longtime volunteer as a clinician for Experience Camps, an organization that focuses on supporting kids coping with their grief. It is a transformative one week per summer program with locations all over the country that brings people together that “get it” for the “best week of the year”.
On a personal note.
I’m an avid traveler, enjoy creating with my hands, moments with loved ones, comedy, film, a personal yoga practice, and never-ending exploration into the inner-workings of the mind. I am a new momma of a puppy named Vanna Goh Goh (after the famous Van Gogh for her droopy ear when we met her). My safe space is anywhere I am surrounded by books. I have a knack for singing and acting, and will always remember my first collaborative performance art experience. I am also the owner of Grinmoments Photography, that uses photography to capture life’s moments and creating opportunities for people to be empowered.
I believe in an individual’s inner strengths and resilience, and my focus is to connect my clients to that inner guidance. My hope is to share as much as I can with the community. Every individual is valuable, special, possesses strengths and has the capability to find the resources within to reach their desired potential.
A personal message from Victoria
Victoria is the kind of person who exemplifies enthusiasm and dedication to her practice and area of expertise. Her ambitions are compelling and motivating, as she strives to engulf information and expand her wealth of knowledge pertaining to her professional and personal growth. She views each child as an individual, creating a stimulating therapeutic environment focused on the child’s potential.
Speech and Language Pathologist, Founder of Play to Learn, LLC & Associate Professor
I first met Victoria in 2007 when my 10 year old son attended an after school program and Victoria was a coordinator of services for people with disabilities. She was consistently pleasant, tackling all assignments with dedication and competency. Victoria has a wonderful rapport with people of all ages, especially children. Her ability to connect with her students is truly excellent. She is a responsible professional who sets high standards for herself, and consistently strives to broaden her knowledge. Victoria is an intelligent and dedicated individual who handles any situation with thoughtfulness and warmth.
Parent & Psychologist
PRESENTATIONS & PUBLICATIONS
Grinman, V., Indig, S., Rozentsvit, I. (2018, June). 41st ANNUAL CONFERENCE of the INTERNATIONAL PSYCHOHISTORICAL ASSOCIATION. New York University, NY.
Grinman, V., Indig, S., Rozentsvit, I. (2017, November). CAN TIME HEAL? TRAUMA, DREAMS, and Parents of NEUROATYPICAL MINDS through the LENS of NEUROPSYCHOANALYSIS. The International Forum for Psychoanalysis, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Grinman, V., Indig, S., Rozentsvit, I. (2016, May). The Joy of Being Vulnerable at the Time of Terror: Neurobiology of Vulnerability and Its Fringe Benefits for Clinical Practice and Creative Process. The XIX International Forum of Psychoanalysis, New York, NY.
Grinman, V., Indig, S., Rozentsvit, I. (2015, November). Multi-disciplinary panel: The Joy of Being Vulnerable: Vulnerability’s Fringe Benefits for Clinical Practice and Creative Process. Paper: Vulnerability as an Important Ingredient for Post-Traumatic Growth in Parents of Children Diagnosed with Autism. Philadelphia, PA.
Grinman, V., Rozentsvit, I., Maher, A., Levinthal, R. (2015, October). Teaching Social Skills and Play Therapy in Schools: Report from the Tranches of Special Education. b) Growing Kind Minds: Mindfulness and the Whole-brained Child. Paper presented in the 46th Annual Conference of the North-Eastern Educational Research Association: Interdisciplinary Approaches, Collaborating Minds. Multi-disciplinary panel: Revolutionary Education: Fostering Emotional Intelligence and Empathic Imagination Across the Mainstream Curriculum. Trumbull, CT.
Grinman, V., Indig, S., Rozentsvit, I. (2015, September). Multi-disciplinary panel: The Post-Traumatic Growth: The Wisdom of the Mind; Its Clinical and Neuropsychoanalytic Vicissitudes. Paper: Fostering Post-traumatic Growth in Parents of Children Diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Paper presented at the 19th International Association of Group Process (IAGP) Congress: Despair and Desire in Times of Crisis – Groups in the City … of the World. Rovinj, Croatia.
Grinman, V., Indig, S., Rozentsvit, I. (2015, May). The Post-Traumatic Growth: The Wisdom of the Mind; Its Clinical and Neuropsychoanalytic Vicissitudes – Symposium, 2015 International Sandor Ferenczi Conference 2015 in Toronto Canada, Victoria University in the University of Toronto.
Grinman, V., Indig, S., Rozentsvit, I. (2015, March). Back to the Future of Psychoanalysis: From Neurology to Neuropathology – to Psychoanalysis – and Back to Neuroscience, Psychoanalysis in Our Time Symposium – Psychoanalysis and Science in Talinn University, Estonia.
Grinman, V., Indig, S., Rozentsvit, I. (2014, May). Panel Presentation: Impasses and Neuro-psychoeducation: The Fringe Benefits for Clinical Practice (From Impasse to Insight in Working with Children diagnosed with Autism). 45th Annual NYSSCSW Education Conference, New York, NY. Paper: Facing Impasses: Identification and Working Through, New York, N.Y. (publication in prep.)
Grinman, V., Indig, S., Rozentsvit, I. (2014, September). The Post-Traumatic Growth: The Wisdom of the Mind; Its Clinical and Neuropsychoanalytic Vicissitudes, XVIII Forum of Psychoanalysis in Kaunas, Lithuania.
Grinman, V., Indig, S., Rozentsvit, I. (2014, May). Impasses and Neuropsyhcoeducatyion: The Fringe Benefits for Clinical Practice (From Impasse to Insight in Working with Children diagnosed with Autism), 45th Annual NYSSCSW Education Conference– Facing Impasses: Identification and Working Through, New York, N.Y.
Grinman, V., Riccio, N.Z., Rozentsvit, I. (2013, October-November). Analytic Hour, Time Experiences, and Their Neurobiological Vicissitudes, International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education (IFPE) – 23rd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference –Transience and Permanence, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Published paperin Other/Wise Uncut Online Journal.
Grinman, V., Riccio, N.Z., Rozentsvit, I. (2012, November). Back to the Future of Psychoanalysis: From Neurology and Neuropathology – to Psychoanalysis – and Back to Neuroscience, International Forum for Psychoanalytic Education (IFPE) – 23rd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference — Sustainable Psychoanalysis: Embracing Our Future, Preserving Our Past, Portland, Oregon.
Grinman, V., Maher, A., Amro, S., Alcorn, M. (2011, November). Emotional Imprint: A New K-12 Academic Track in Emotional Literacy, 2011 Annual Conference: Pathos, Politics and Passion.
Grinman, V., Novemsky, L., Núñez, V., Rosenfeld, B., Rozentsvit, I., Lilenthal, R. (2010, October). Ethics Across the Curriculum: Exploration by an Interdisciplinary Academic Community of Inquiry — Teaching Ethics and Socio‐Emotional Curriculum with a Diverse Learning Community, 41st Annual Northeastern Educational Research Association: Building Research Partnerships, Rocky Hill, Connecticut.
IFPS Annual Conference, 2014, Kaunas, Lithuania
New York State Society for Clinical Social Work, International Society for Clinical Social Work, National Association of Social Work, Women’s Mental Health Consortium