Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MPH
Many of us seek psychotherapy at one time or another in our lives. The need may arise during childhood, adulthood or at any time throughout the lifespan. It can be when a crisis arises, which is causing us to experience life as painful, confusing or challenging. A loss of a family member, a change in a relationship or career, or another significant life event can precipitate it. This crisis can create feelings of sadness, disorientation, isolation and diminished self-worth in us. For others, coming to therapy may not be motivated by a clear reason or crisis, but rather from an ongoing sense of unhappiness, lack of direction, or questions about life's purpose. These can sometimes stem from experiences earlier in life, leaving us without a way of coping with the feelings. Although difficult to go through, exploring those feelings in a safe environment with a caring, experienced professional can serve to motivate us to identify the problems and make the changes needed to take care of ourselves. Sometimes reflecting on the things that have been bothering us help guide the way to the solution. Therapy can help us slow down and be in the moment in ways that bring clarity to our own patterns and to our own potential.
In my practice, I respect the unique experience of each individual, couple or family I see, the particular difficulties that each faces, and listen and interact with empathy and without judgment. No two treatments are the same. The connection and engagement between myself as the therapist and the individual in treatment is co-created and fluid, and ultimately the vehicle for greater self-understanding and healing.
My theoretical foundation lies in relational psychodynamic psychotherapy, but I am not bound to any theoretical framework, and utilize an eclectic mix of modalities, including mindfulness-based techniques, family systems, and cognitive-behavioral principles, depending on an individual’s needs. I treat both young people and adults, individually and in family and couples therapy, dealing with depression, anxiety, difficulties with socialization, life-transitions, relationship problems, family or parenting conflicts, low self-esteem, LGBTQ issues, a history of trauma, substance abuse concerns, and behavioral problems. In each case I strive to develop a therapeutic relationship in which one's concerns are explored and addressed, creating an opportunity for self-reflection, release of feelings, understanding and development.