"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves" ~ Viktor Frankl
In my practice, I like to look at how we can better change ourselves to better deal with the problems in the outside world. While trained as a relational psychodynamic therapist, my style draws from a variety of methodologies depending on each client's needs. I tend to be interested in how the past interacts with the present, helping you gain insight and self-awareness in a collaborative atmosphere.
In addition to my private practice, I have over ten years experience working in the mental health industry, in both community mental health centers and psychiatric hospitals. Throughout my experience, I have enjoyed working with a variety of people, keeping in mind the uniqueness of each individual's experience.
I also have significant experience working with the LGBTQ community, offering a non-judgmental space to explore gender and sexuality.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I received my clinical training at New York University, earning both a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology and a Master of Social Work.
Even though there are many different types of psychotherapy, they all aim for the same result -- symptom relief. A symptom, simply put, is something about the client that is causing them distress. Some therapies focus on directly changing your thought process or a behavior. Others strive to go deeper, looking at what brought on this thought process or behavior in the first place. Either way, the hopeful result is for you to feel better, to lead a more authentic and satisfying life.
Therapy is a space just for you. Your therapist will listen to your thoughts, feelings, memories, and dreams; and won't interject with their own plans or needs.
Unlike most relationships in your life, your therapist can listen objectively. They can help you look at different points of view without the pressure of judgement or emotion.
Often, we are not aware of the feelings that are connected to our thoughts or actions. When we shut off these feelings, they may leak inadvertently into other parts of your life or "explode" unexpectedly.
There is also a phenomenon called "transference," which can be very informative in therapy. Basically, it's when you unconsciously redirect feelings and thoughts about one person to another. When it happens in therapy, it can create enormous change by understanding it and talking about it.
I provide psychotherapy to adults, adolescents, and couples. I also provide clinical consultation and supervision to licensed clinicians, and have completed the SIFI certification that enables me to supervise Social Work Interns.
My services for individuals include, but are not limited to, the following issues: relationship issues, anxiety, depression, LGBTQ-related issues, sexual abuse, loss or grief, self-esteem issues, eating disorders, infidelity, navigating open relationships, gender and/or sexuality, stress management, and life transitions.
Couples are welcome in my practice at any stage during their relationship -- from dating, engaged, partnered, married, separated, or any stage in between.
I offer 45-minute weekly sessions. Additional or fewer sessions can be arranged, depending on client's needs. Therapy varies in length, depending on the personal goals of the client.
I also have a group practice, with therapists who specialize in other areas. Meet other therapists here.
Skype and telephone sessions are also available.