“I look for a complete partnership with my clients; I am the navigator while you are the captain of your ship.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have wanted to be a psychotherapist since I was a teenager and have been involved in the field since 1972. With an undergraduate degree in psychology, I served as an officer in the psychology unit of the Israeli Army. Although I spent many years building and developing a private school in Israel, my success there is attributable to my psychology background. I have worked with families, children, inpatient populations, geriatric populations, and everyone in between. I have formal training in family therapy, hypnotherapy, systems therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Currently, I focus on adults who seek help with anxiety, depression, anger, and relationship troubles. I also have spent many years specializing in work with survivors of trauma and abuse.
What should someone know about working with you?
My goal is to help you live a joyous life as efficiently as possible. I look for a complete partnership with my clients; I am the navigator while you are the captain of your ship. I will ask you to rate your progress on a weekly basis and ask you to evaluate my work as well since partnership requires honest feedback. I encourage the people I work with to do homework so that you will learn new skills that enhance your life. Additionally, I encourage people to communicate with me between sessions when necessary. If you are truly motivated to make changes and improve your life, we can make miracles happen.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I have the best teachers; I learn from every client I work with. I ask for honest feedback after every session. Additionally, I participate in weekly professional trainings even after over 30 years in the profession. I once heard that the great pianist, Arthur Rubinstein, never went a day without practicing ten hours. I can't compete with that but I will never stop growing and improving my craft!
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
When I entered this field, Freudian theory dominated both psychiatry and psychology and I have seen many changes throughout the years. We’ve developed the realization that medication is not the answer for most people and, with integrated approaches, the lives of many can be vastly improved. I am particularly encouraged by the approaches that integrate different schools of therapy (such as TEAM-CBT) and how these approaches increase the efficacy of treatment.
“If you are truly motivated to make changes and improve your life, we can make miracles happen.”