“Together, we’ll focus on improving interpersonal relationships, regulating emotions, and increasing the ability to tolerate and cope with distressing experiences.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My first job was as a community organizer in South Africa during Apartheid. When I came to the US, I continued my passion for being a societal change agent by working in the field of mental health. I developed and ran residential programs for people with mental illness who were living on the streets of New York. After many years, I decided that it was time to move my focus to helping one person at a time—and I began to practice as a psychotherapist full time. I attended the New York Milton H. Erickson Society for Psychotherapy and Hypnosis, and I used my experience working with addicted and mentally ill people to connect with and help clients and their families.
What should someone know about working with you?
Sessions with me focus on building a trusting relationship, so my clients feel safe learning and practicing new skills that can then be used in the real world when situations arise. I participate actively with my clients—we share ideas and possible solutions, looking for the growth that resonates with the clients. I use an eclectic approach including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, and the stages of change approach to habit cessation and relapse prevention. I strongly believe in homework to help facilitate movement in the therapeutic process. Together, we’ll focus on improving interpersonal relationships, regulating emotions, and increasing the ability to tolerate and cope with distressing experiences.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
I understand that starting therapy can be frightening or feel threatening. It’s hard to speak to a stranger about our vulnerabilities and pain—it takes great courage. If you’re interested in trying therapy, look for someone who will listen to you with an open mind—and make every effort to hear you and your pain.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
When I moved to Israel six years ago, I asked my malpractice provider to insure me for virtual therapy. I was informed that this form of therapy wasn’t recognized. I’m very excited to see the field now move in this direction. In addition, I am eager to work with clients as we move into our new world—a world that has been shaken up by the coronavirus. We are in new territory, and I’m eager to work with clients as they redefine their lives.
How do you use hypnotherapy?
I use hypnotherapy to help clients access their unconscious selves and enhance the healing process. Hypnosis activates the part of the self that looks after us and helps us heal. It can bridge the gap between our pain and our healing by harnessing our inner resources.
“We are in new territory, and I’m eager to work with clients as they redefine their lives.”