“In working with me, you will have a partner who has experienced effective work from both sides of the therapeutic equation.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I had my first experience in therapy many years ago at a time when I was grappling with my own life direction amid a period of considerable loss as well as growth. In this work, I came to discover my own innate interest in the process of psychotherapy and my capacities for holding steady and living authentically through emotionally turbulent times. On this realization, I stepped into a graduate-level social work class and within 20 minutes, the rest was clear. I entered psychoanalytic training following grad school, which is optional but I was serious about my work and training really made me hone my philosophy around human nature and how therapy actually works. The short answer, by the way, is that aside from a few best practices, there is no easy “healing-by-numbers”; you and I figure out together over time how therapy actually works for you! In working with me, you will have a partner who has experienced effective work from both sides of the therapeutic equation.
What should someone know about working with you?
Some of our problems may seem evident to us and are easy to think and talk about; others may have remained stubbornly elusive for years (sometimes for as long as we can remember). Overcoming these kinds of problems on our own can be exceedingly difficult. Psychotherapy proceeds on the understanding that insight into these problems can most effectively be developed in dialogue with another. As a psychotherapist, I strive to be an essentially attuned, nonjudgmental, basically optimistic, and trustworthy consultant. As we sort through what it is you wish to change in your life, our work will come to entail the free-flowing, creative development of a personal narrative that illuminates, empowers, and ultimately supports your lasting wellbeing.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
Whatever your story, I understand that you’re here because you’re experiencing some level of duress in your life right now that seems to be unmanageable. An important lesson I learned years ago in my own therapy was that great and generative change often only requires us gathering the wherewithal to act upon a little hunch to see what happens. The fact that you’re contemplating therapy demonstrates that you’ve already done some important soul searching, and now you’re following an intuition and seeing what happens. A choice to enter therapy can be viewed as a furthering of this experiment but in a new and powerful way. Here, I offer you a steady yet unobtrusive presence through the difficult work of demystifying the problems, carrying the experiments into your days, reviewing and developing meanings along the way, and continuing to live your life in this way with ever greater courage and surety to see what happens.
“As we sort through what it is you wish to change in your life, our work will come to entail the free-flowing, creative development of a personal narrative that illuminates, empowers, and ultimately supports your lasting wellbeing.”