“I will ask about your family, friends, and other relationships, and together we’ll explore what other resources in your life may also exist to help you.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always been interested in the intersection of people’s personal backgrounds, strengths, and challenges with the specific situations and environments in which they find themselves. After obtaining my degree in clinical social work, I followed up with postgraduate studies at the Minuchin Center where the philosophy of working with individuals and families to help them regain control over social structures that constrained them aligned with my own leanings. I further developed my skills while working with children, young adults, and chronically mentally ill geriatric clients in psychiatric and hospital settings. I then spent several decades working in the mental health and child welfare system with the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services. Most recently, my lifelong interest in learning led me to complete further studies at the Ackerman Institute for the Family, sharpening my skills as a family and relational therapist.
What should someone know about working with you?
After an initial brief discussion about your concerns, we will spend several sessions exploring the issues that brought you to therapy and your vision of a successful outcome. I will ask about your family, friends, and other relationships, and together we’ll explore what other resources in your life may also exist to help you. We will continue, whether short or long-term, working collaboratively in a way that centers your experience and your relationships with the people and institutions that are important to you.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
As a person who grew up in the late 60s in a politically active family, I was always taught to understand the critical relationship between learning, observation, and action. I believe that many of the problems we struggle with are at least partially caused by forces beyond our control and shaped by our cultural, racial, sexual, gender, and other identities. This is an essential starting point for all my work as a therapist.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
In recent years, probably thanks to the Affordable Care Act, it seems that increasing numbers of people have chosen to access mental health services with even more accessing it lately. I believe this has something to do with telehealth, which makes it far more convenient to meet with a therapist. As a provider, I have been somewhat surprised and pleased to find that the telehealth experience has actually enabled me to stretch my capacity for connection and empathy, despite the lack of in-person contact.
“We will continue, whether short or long-term, working collaboratively in a way that centers your experience and your relationships with the people and institutions that are important to you.”