“I am an active therapist and will help guide you to insights about yourself with questions and observations but I give you the freedom to set the pace and topic of discussion.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My path to becoming a therapist began with several years of public health fieldwork and mental health research, speaking with hundreds of people about their lives and collecting lots of data about human behavior and motivations. While I found these experiences immensely rewarding, I felt limited in my role; I wanted to be able to do more to alleviate the pain of the people I was working with. It became clear to me that most people I spoke to experienced profound healing through telling their stories to an engaged witness and I decided to shift my career path toward psychotherapy. I obtained my Master of Social Work and immediately entered a three-year postgraduate program in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, which provided me with the necessary training to help my clients lead more fulfilling lives.
What should someone know about working with you?
In our early work together, you can expect me to ask a lot of questions about your background and history; as a psychodynamic therapist, I believe this provides us with the very important context to what's been troubling you lately. From there, our sessions become less structured and more about what's on your mind. I am an active therapist and will help guide you to insights about yourself with questions and observations but I give you the freedom to set the pace and topic of discussion. My one request for prospective clients is that you are committed to your therapeutic work, which means that we will meet once a week (or more if we decide it will be useful to you). In my experience, this is the best way to achieve meaningful results.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
The mental health field is an ever-evolving one and I am committed to keeping current on new research, emerging treatment modalities, and other relevant trainings to enable me to best help my clients. In addition to my independent study, I am the co-director of the continuing education department at a psychoanalytic institute in Manhattan where I organize workshops, lectures, and trainings on various topics related to psychotherapy.
“My one request for prospective clients is that you are committed to your therapeutic work, which means that we will meet once a week (or more if we decide it will be useful to you).”