Meet Your Clinician:
Niurka Shkolnik, LCSW,CCTP 
#SW13266, Florida; #NJDCATEMP-011824, New Jersey; #645-SW-LICSW-TEMP Massachusetts
Registered in Vermont and New York State throughout the COVID-19 pandemic

Niurka Shkolnik, LCSW, CCTP is an individual, couple, and family therapist located in Palm Beach County, FL. She is the founder of Resilience Psychotherapy, where she focuses on helping individuals, couples, and families propel forward from difficult challenges in a healthy, mindful way. A specialist in traumatic stress, relational resilience, neuroexperiential modalities, Dementia, Cancer, and caregiving, she places clinical focus on the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, bereavement, life transitions, and couple and family therapy. Niurka is formally trained in Brainspotting, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, EFT Tapping for Trauma, Polyvagal Interventions, Mindfulness-Based Interventions, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Psychotherapy, and Gottman Method Couple Therapy. Using her clinical toolbox, she facilitates access to healing by merging relational and neurobiological attunement with the implementation of practical coping skills. Niurka maintains certification as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, implementing the most current research on how traumatic stress resides in and impacts the body. A Person-Centered approach emphasizing the therapeutic alliance is of the utmost importance throughout treatment. Sessions are open to both young (18+) and older adult populations. 

Niurka has worked with leaders in the fields of neurology and psychotherapy, namely in program development. She has been trained by internationally recognized clinicians and completed her education at the highly ranked University of Maryland School of Social Work. Prior to diving into private practice, Niurka was the founding psychotherapist of the Comprehensive Center for Brain Health, a specialty brain health research center led by world-renowned faculty. She has maintained positions in hospice and long-term care, the US Department of Veterans Affairs, nationally based non-profit organizations, and in private practice while living in Baltimore, MD, Miami, and Boca Raton, FL. Niurka is licensed in the state of Florida and temporarily in the states of Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, and New Jersey in response to the COVID-19 state of emergency.

"What's in the brain is in the body and what's in the body is in the brain."

-David Grand, PhD

"Neurons that fire together, wire together."

-Donald Hebb,PhD 1949

"Where your attention goes, neuronal firing flows, and neural connection grows."

- Daniel Seigel, MD

Publications: 

Galvin JE, Chrisphonte S, Cohen I, Greenfield KK, Kleiman MJ, Moore C, Riccio ML, Rosenfeld A, Shkolnik N, Walker M, Chang LC, Tolea MI.

Characterization of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and mild cognitive impairment using the Lewy body dementia module (LBD-MOD). Alzheimers Dement. 2021 Oct;17(10):1675-1686. doi: 10.1002/alz.12334. Epub 2021 Apr 1. PMID: 33793069; PMCID: PMC8484363.

Link:

https://scholarship.miami.edu/esploro/outputs/journalArticle/Characterization-of-dementia-with-Lewy-bodies/991031599430002976

Resources:

Brainspotting: 

What is Brainspotting? (quick video) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FO_udVWkqA

What is Brainspotting? (In-depth explanation)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lm3Plvaf3UE

Research and Case Studies

https://brainspotting.com/about-bsp/research-and-case-studies/

 

Article: Brainspotting: Recruiting the midbrain for accessing and healing sensorimotor memories of traumatic activation

https://brainspotting.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Corrigan-and-Grand-2013-MedHyp80-759-766.pdf

EMDR: 

How EMDR works (quick video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKrfH43srg8

Introduction to EMDR therapy from EMDRIA:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pkfln-ZtWeY&t=339s

Polyvagal Theory:

Trauma and the Nervous System: A Polyvagal Perspective

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdIQRxwT1I0

DBT:

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy? (quick video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Stz--d17ID4&t=1s

EFT Tapping explained: 

Grief:

Mindfulness Meditation: 

What is Mindfulness?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-1Y6IbAxdM&t=27s

Favorite Meditation websites and Apps:

Insight Timer (it's free!)

https://www.insighttimer.com

Gottman Method Couple Therapy: 

Dementia explained: 

What is Dementia?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmaEql66gB0&t=27s

Vascular Dementia: 

What is Vascular Dementia?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdkU5vCIpaU

Vascular Dementia Explained

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_ZohkndikU

Lewy Body Dementia:

What is Lewy Body Dementia?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhE2dyeHP54

Lewy Body Dementia Symptom Checklist:

https://www.lbda.org/comprehensive-lbd-symptoms-checklist/

Lewy Body Dementia Association 

https://www.lbda.org/

Alzheimer's Disease:

What is Alzheimer's Disease? 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfLP8fFrOp0

Alzheimer's Association

https://www.alz.org/

Help and Support:

https://www.alz.org/help-support

Find your Local Chapter:

https://www.alz.org/local_resources/find_your_local_chapter

Cancer: 

What is Cancer?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGaQ0WwZ_0I

Multiple Myeloma: 

What is Multiple Myeloma?

https://youtu.be/uTAak5TQppQ

How Monoclonal Antibodies Treat Cancer: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxnjAc-rqz8

What is an Autologous Stem Cell Transplant? 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwEOxO89Rms

What is an Allogenic Stem Cell Transplant? 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLMWPgo6jUY

List of Diseases treated by Stem Cell Transplants: 

https://bloodstemcell.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/bloodstemcell/data/transplant-activity/cvdr_list_of_diseases_final.pdf

What is CAR T-Cell Therapy?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OadAW99s4Ik&t=2s

International Myeloma Foundation

https://www.myeloma.org/?gclid=Cj0KCQiA15yNBhDTARIsAGnwe0VmE7uApqy9zzAXj6osAf1UoUJHFOksLidA-ZmwZS3Qo3Qh-1hnQSQaAq1LEALw_wcB

SparkCures: Find Myeloma Specialists, Treatments, Clinical Trials 

https://sparkcures.com/

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society:

https://www.lls.org/

COVID-19: