“During our work together, we will identify what may stand between you and your goals or overall vision for your life—while paying close attention to the internal obstacles or unhealthy patterns that keep you from living the life you desire.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
In the early 1990s, I obtained my law degree and practiced law and corporate consulting at a big firm for many years. In my late 30s, I felt stuck. My relationship was falling apart and my career didn’t feel like me anymore. Through my own therapeutic experience, I learned how to navigate a truly difficult time in my life. I also learned how to recognize what was holding me back and how I could move forward to a better, healthier, and happier life. Through this process, I recognized what my calling was: being a psychotherapist. After a significant clinical and academic journey, I transitioned into my new profession and opened my private practice.
What should someone know about working with you?
In your initial session, we will explore goals for therapy or coaching and what you hope to achieve. During our work together, we will identify what may stand between you and your goals or overall vision for your life—while paying close attention to the internal obstacles or unhealthy patterns that keep you from living the life you desire. With this framework in mind, your therapeutic journey will be unique and specific to you. In between sessions, I may offer other tools which can be helpful in addition to treatment: tools for coping and anxiety, or podcasts and books. I will always check in with you about how the therapy feels and where you may feel stuck to honor forward movement.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
I believe that collaboration in treatment is very important. I take a whole-person approach to care for my clients. I often refer clients to other resources outside of our sessions if they can be beneficial to them. I may recommend that a client try new practices in between sessions, depending on what’s coming up for them. In instances where I may not be able to address all of my client’s health needs, I have a network of providers I refer to—including nutritionists, acupuncturists, and psychopharmacologists, to name a few.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
It’s okay to feel uncertain about what you are seeking from therapy. Sometimes you just don’t know exactly what you’re looking for, but you know you need the “safe place” that therapy provides. I describe therapy as a place where you can let your guard down, share your feelings openly without judgment, and receive support, empathy, perspective, and tools to help you in your personal journey.
What informs your work?
What informs my work is not only my psychoanalytic training and clinical experience, but also my personal journey and innate ability to deeply connect with clients who are facing similar challenges. The tools I developed in my own therapeutic process—such as resilience, empowerment, and understanding patterns to help me make better and healthier choices—translate into all life transitions. These tools and qualities really made a positive difference for me, and they have helped many others who have come to me for therapy or coaching.
“I describe therapy as a place where you can let your guard down, share your feelings openly without judgment, and receive support, empathy, perspective, and tools to help you in your personal journey.”