“I will support you, challenge you when you are ready, and celebrate with you when you reach your goals.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I personally started psychotherapy during my college years and it helped me transition into early adulthood. As I increased my understanding of myself and my relationships, I started making better choices and improving many facets of my life. Psychotherapy was so life-transforming for me that I resolved to become a psychotherapist.
In my training, I pursued a holistic approach that reflected my values about our common humanity. First, I trained in psychodynamic (psychoanalytically-oriented) psychotherapy through a residency and worked at a counseling center. Later, I trained in cognitive behavioral psychotherapy (CBT) at mental health clinics and facilities. Along the way, I became a rabbi and a pastoral psychotherapist (which is now called “spiritually-integrated psychotherapy”). I still enjoy offering supportive and pastoral counseling.
After nearly 30 years, the holistic view remains central to my work.
What should someone know about working with you?
Since no two people are alike, I customize each person’s work with me. The focus is on each client’s situation and comfort level. Before agreeing to work together, I offer clients a brief complimentary phone session so that you can ask questions and see if we are a good fit.
From the start of our sessions, I will mainly listen to you and ask questions. Some of those questions may spark thoughts, which may help you understand your current situation, emotions, or patterns of thought.
It will help if you take a similar nonjudgmental stance to the one I take in our sessions. It will also help if you can be honest with me. You only have to tell me whatever you are comfortable telling me.
We will talk and explore. I will support you, challenge you when you are ready, and celebrate with you when you reach your goals. Our sessions will not always be easy, but the relief you get will be worth the work you do.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
My holistic approach to psychotherapy reflects my belief that we are each unique, endowed with the power to heal, and that therapy can be a conduit for growth and change toward a more fulfilling life. I love empowering folks to find solutions and solve problems.
I create a safe space where your values can be upheld. In keeping with my client-centered approach, I follow the client’s lead in matters of religion and spirituality. I love to learn about other cultures and as I work with people from other backgrounds, I may ask questions about what is important or how you might experience life a little bit differently.
“Our sessions will not always be easy, but the relief you get will be worth the work you do.”