“I have postdoctoral training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, eating disorders, compulsions, and addictions.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Psychological inquiry has been an essential part of my life as a third-generation, analytically-oriented psychologist. It has impacted my own life profoundly and led to my search to understand and help others through my work. Prior to becoming a clinical psychologist, I studied the philosophy and psychology of religion, Buddhism, and mindfulness meditation, which has impacted my practice. I have worked extensively in university and college mental health and in private practice, focusing on eating disorders, anxiety disorders (including OCD), trauma, addictive behaviors, relational issues, and developmental issues. I work with those from early adolescence through adulthood, seeing individuals, couples, and families. I have postdoctoral training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, eating disorders, compulsions, and addictions.
What should someone know about working with you?
My intake process is not overly structured and provides us with time to get to know each other by inquiring about presenting problems as well as the background and context of these concerns. I ask questions to help me get to know you better and then work with you to try to assess fit, ascertain needs (including appropriateness for my practice, telepsychology, and outpatient therapy level of care), develop treatment plans, and make recommendations for the next steps. During our encounter, my goal is to give you a chance to begin to better understand how I work and how it would feel to work together. I work well with clients who are curious about themselves, introspective, motivated, and open.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My life experience has fostered a deep commitment to social justice and cultural sensitivity in my work. I see people as contextual beings, born and raised and living in a particular time, place, and cultural situation influenced by their social milieu and existing within a greater societal sphere that often involves much inequity and injustice. I provide space and support in my work for the exploration of racial, ethnic, and cultural identity (and other diversity issues) and the impact of these cultural factors on the psychological experience.
“I work well with clients who are curious about themselves, introspective, motivated, and open.”