Rita is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 40 years of experience working with individuals, couples, families, and groups. She is the Founding Director of the New York Milton H. Erickson Society for Psychotherapy and Hypnosis and was on the faculty of the Integrative Medicine Department at Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Hospital.

She is trained psychoanalytically and is certified by the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) and is an Approved Clinical Consultant for ACSH . She studied with Dr. Milton Erickson and has taught courses, conducted workshops, supervised students in hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Rita has presented at conferences both nationally and internationally.