“Over the years, I have developed a specialty in working with individuals who have medical issues such as chronic pain, autoimmune disorders, craniofacial medical conditions, and issues related to women's health.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have had a lifelong interest in human dynamics, family constellations, and transgenerational patterns of adaptation and emotional struggles. My experience of early loss as well as being raised — in part— by a grandparent who was an immigrant shaped some of my early emotional experiences and internal representations of familial roles and dynamics. My clinical training and early work experience in both psychiatric facilities and rehabilitation medicine influenced and informed my thinking about the interplay between psyche and soma. I also learned a great deal about the development of a diagnosis and its limitations and I cultivated a good foundation (non-medical) for the use of psychotropic medication. Over the course of my career, I have developed a specialty in medical psychology. I have had extensive training in contemporary psychoanalysis and clinical hypnotherapy as well as in couples and family therapy. However, I currently only work in individual psychotherapy.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake process focuses on presenting issues, current stressors, and areas of strength along with a developmental biopsychosocial inquiry. I consult with individuals for two to four sessions in order to develop a collaborative decision about whether we are a good fit and would like to work together. I enjoy working with adults and older adolescents and helping them with various relational issues and life transitions. I also work with many people who are struggling with issues around anxiety and depression and helping them to develop better coping skills and strategies while also looking at the underlying psychodynamic factors contributing to these symptoms. Over the years, I have developed a specialty in working with individuals who have medical issues such as chronic pain, autoimmune disorders, craniofacial medical conditions, and issues related to women's health.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I enjoy reading and do a great deal of independent reading. I attend conferences and participate in group supervision and individual supervision. I also write professional articles and present at conferences. In working as a psychotherapist, I think it is essential to take part in my own treatment and have done so over the course of my professional life.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I have a strong belief in an individual's resilience and tendency toward health, repair, and healing as well as the dialectic of one's attitude toward acceptance and change. I believe in the provision of a safe and consistent emotional therapeutic environment where individuals are able to explore and express all facets of themselves. I view family relationships, work/collegial relationships, and friendships as providing a means for personal growth, support, love, and kindness. The roles of creativity and productiveness in one's life also shape my approach to therapy.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most excited about the interplay between neurobiology and contemporary psychoanalysis.
“I have a strong belief in an individual's resilience and tendency toward health, repair, and healing as well as the dialectic of one's attitude toward acceptance and change.”